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Pompey confident on credit control

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Portsmouth's administrator is confident of securing a deal from the club's creditors on Thursday that should prevent any further points deduction next season.

The administrator Andrew Andronikou needs 75% of the creditors to agree to accept a Company Voluntary Agreement (CVA) where they will receive only 20p in the pound for the money they are owed.

Andronikou believes he will reach the 75% mark at Thursday's creditors meeting despite the HM Revenue and Customs already having rejected the offer. He said: "A lot of proxy votes have already come in and although I don't want to pre-empt anything it does look as though we are going to make it."

He continued: "I believe that HMRC will not be able to block the deal because we can still reach the 75% mark without them."

An agreement will allow Portsmouth to come out of administration and avoid any further sanctions from the Football League next season.

Thursday's meeting may not be the end of the saga for the club who were relegated from the Premier League last season after being handed a nine-point deduction for going into administration.

HMRC claim they are due £35million of the £105million owed to unsecured creditors and that would put them above the 75% mark. Andronikou disputes this, saying the figure is around £21million - the disputed sum of £14million relates to image rights and the administrator claims that can be challenged.

As a result it is possible that there could be another creditors meeting where a modified proposal is put forward.

A HMRC statement said: "HMRC is determined to achieve a fair deal for the taxpayer."

Pompey fans are keeping their fingers crossed that the CVA will be agreed.

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