29 Oct 2009

Pompey banned from buying players

7:47 am on 29 October 2009

The English Premier League's bottom club Portsmouth can't buy a trick at the moment - dead last and now not allowed to bring any new players in until further notice.

The Premier League's placed a transfer embargo on the south coast club, apparently because of issues regarding outstanding payments to other clubs over transfers.

The ban was announced just a day after Portsmouth won against top-flight opposition at Fratton Park for the first time this season, beating Stoke City 4-0 to reach the quarter-finals of the English League Cup.

Portsmouth have been best by off-field problems all season to set alongside their poor form - chief executive Peter Storrie's set to be prosecuted over tax evasion charges and the club's had two owners in a matter of months, with problems paying the wages of club staff.