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Chainrai bid to buy Pompey "on hold"

Former Portsmouth FC owner Balram Chainrai Credit: PA

Portpin - the company run by former Portsmouth FC owner Balram Chainrai - say its suspended its bid to buy the financially troubled club. It comes three weeks after administrators named the Portsmouth Supporters Trust as the preferred bidder.

In a statement, Mr Chainrai argues sale of the club has taken too long, with administration costs mounting every week. The Hong Kong businessman also said that Portpin's bid is still the best one left on the table. Portsmouth are around £61m in debt and have been in administration since February.

Mr Chainrai - who is owed £17m by Pompey - was in control of the club in 2010 when it went into administration for the first time. It's also been a bad week for the club after Pompey manager Michael Appleton left to take over at Blackpool.

Portpin's Pompey response

Portpin - the company owned by former Portsmouth FC owner Balram Chainrai - have responded to news that they are not preferred bidders for the club. Earlier today administrators named the Pompey Supporters' Trust as its preferred bidder. A spokesman for Portpin said:

“We continue to work with the Football League to ensure we are ready to complete the acquisition of Portsmouth Football Club. Our discussions remain productive and we have been given no reason to believe that there are any remaining obstacles to our bid. Whilst we note PKF’s decision, we recognise that preferred bidder status has no basis in law. And we are confident that our bid offers both the best deal for creditors and is the only fully funded offer to provide Portsmouth FC with a financially sound and sustainable future.”

– Portpin spokesperson

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Taxpayers loan for Pompey?

Portsmouth City Council will hold an emergency meeting on Thursday to discuss the future of Portsmouth Football Club.

Council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson is speaking to the Supporters' Trust about proposals to lend them £1.4 million pounds to take over the failing club.

Administrator Trevor Birch is considering another bid for Portsmouth from Portpin - a company owned by former Pompey owner Balram Chainrai.

But both bids rely upon the club's remaining high earners changing their terms and conditions or leaving Fratton Park before 10th August.

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