Premier League - Portsmouth suffer website blip

Eurosport - Thu, 28 Jan 14:34:00 2010

Portsmouth's official website was closed for several hours after the club failed to pay for its upkeep.

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The site went offline on Thursday morning, and was replaced by a plain white page with the words 'website unavailable' (pictured).

A club spokesman said: "Our website has been taken offline after we failed to adhere to an agreed payment structure."

It returned in mid-afternoon.

It is another embarrassing blow for the cash-strapped club, who have repeatedly failed to pay their players on time, and shows the depth of their financial troubles, with a winding-up petition set to be heard next month.

On Tuesday, the club had a transfer embargo lifted for loans and free transfers, although serious doubts remain over their ability to meet the salary demands of any arrivals.

Their highest-profile player, goalkeeper David James, is expected to leave before the end of the January transfer window, with Stoke City still working on a deal for the England man.

Pompey drew 1-1 with West Ham on Tuesday night and remain bottom of the Premier League.

Alex Chick / Eurosport

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