Grant renews attack on Premier League

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Avram Grant took another swipe at the Premier League after Portsmouth's troubled season came to a close with a 1-0 defeat against Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

With Chelsea having won the double, the cup losers would normally have been guaranteed a place in Europe. But Portsmouth failed to apply for their licence in time and the Premier League refused to support them, having docked them nine points for going into administration.

An angry Grant feels his side have been unfairly treated, and said: "Each one of the Premier League needs to come and shake hands with the players and say 'You saved the pride of the English league'. But they punish the players, they punish the club. It makes me angry."

He added: "I will fight against something I think is wrong. You saw what Portsmouth did on the pitch.

"They should send a letter to the players saying thank you. You saved us, you will be in Europe next season and we will give each one of you a medal because you were good. That is what I think.

"Find the people that did something wrong and punish them. The club and the fans deserve to be in Europe next season.

"The English league shot itself in the foot. The players respected the Premier League when the Premier League didn't respect the players."

Grant has been linked with the vacant managerial post at West Ham but he refused to elaborate on his plans for next season.

When asked if he would be staying at Fratton Park, he said: "I'm not thinking of this now. I am waiting to see what is the future of the club. If the club wants to do like Newcastle and keep all the players and try everything to continue then I'm still waiting but not for long.

"If someone will not buy the club they will have a problem."

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