Pompey ‘hit by winding up petition’

The petition was presented on December 23 but a full court hearing

will not take place until February. Bottom of the table Pompey are

currently operating under a transfer embargo due to their financial

problems. Portsmouth have endured a traumatic year in 2009. A

takeover bid from Sulaiman Al Fahim was accepted in May and he

completed his takeover in August. At the start of October the club

admitted failing to pay players’ wages on time and on October 5 Al

Fahim sold 90% of his Portsmouth shares to Ali Al Faraj. Early this

month the club confirmed that players’ wages had been delayed

again. On the pitch Paul Hart was sacked on November 24 and two

days later Avram Grant succeeded him as manager. Pompey are

currently four points adrift of Hull, Bolton and West Ham.