Pompey have 'blood on hands'

Portsmouth's Tal Ben Haim Credit: PA Wire

The controversial defender Tal Ben Haim has released a statement following media reports that he is struggling to come to an agreement with administrators at Portsmouth Football Club.

Administrator Trevor Birch is considering 2 offers for the club; one from the Pompey Supporters Trust, the other from Portpin, a company owned by former Pompey owner Balram Chainrai.

Both offers which could save the club from liquidation rely upon senior players such as Ben Haim coming to an agreement with the club or leaving Fratton Park.

Tal Ben Haim Statement in full


**"Having read the theatrical media reports circulating around Portsmouth recently, I feel that it is only right that I say a few words regarding my position with the club.

I signed a four-year contract with Portsmouth in 2009. Since then, because of the club’s failure to manage its finances on no less than two occasions, I have personally lost a figure in excess of £2m. I currently have approximately one year left on my contract.

I want this club to survive and I will do everything possible to enable this historic club to continue to play football in the Football League. But you must understand the position of the professional football players.

Since February 2012, when PKF were appointed, the only thing we have heard is that it is more likely than not that they are going to have to liquidate the club.

This approach has destroyed the team spirit and led to the club being relegated from a position and with a squad everybody expected to stay in the Championship.

Also, this talk of liquidation has done nothing but destroy any interest from any other party, other than Mr Chainrai, to buy the club. What a ridiculous position.

As far as the latest position, I can reveal that only recently have the administrators decided to talk to the players regarding their positions.

Most of the negotiations were done through the media. When they actually sat and talked to us through the manager, the majority of the players moved quickly to do what was best for the club and themselves.

As far as I’m concerned, an offer has been made to me only recently. I have offered to waive a further £1.5m of my current contract. They now tell me this is not good enough.

The fact is that we are only about £300,000 apart in negotiations. If they want to liquidate the club for that money while they still charge their huge fees then all I can say that the blood is very much on their hands."