25 Mar 2010

Embattled football club allowed to sell players

9:39 am on 25 March 2010

The debt-ridden Portsmouth football club have been given special permission to sell players outside the English Premier League transfer window.

Portsmouth, who had nine points deducted last week after going into administration, are almost certain to be relegated but the relaxation of the League's transfer rules means the club can raise revenue by selling players this season.

The League says any players Portsmouth sell will not be allowed to play for their new clubs this season.

Portsmouth, who are marooned at the bottom of the table but have reached the FA Cup semi-finals, became the first Premier League club to enter administration after their debts soared to about 166 million dollars.