Grant wants uncertainty to end

Avram Grant has called on the Premier League to make a swift decision over any points penalty his Portsmouth side will receive after claiming the uncertainty is filtering down onto the pitch.

Pompey have yet to discover their fate after becoming the first club in the Premier League era to slide into administration last month.

The league's bottom club are expected to be docked a further nine points which would all but confirm their relegation to the Championship.

But speaking after Tuesday's 2-1 defeat by Birmingham City at Fratton Park, Grant revealed his unhappiness at the lack of decisive action.

"I still believe that this needs to be decided on the pitch and we'll see how we get on," he declared.

"We can still do it, but we need to know for sure what will happen. We can't just keep reading in the papers every day that we are nine points down.

"Of course it affects the players, but when they come to the pitch, they are trying everything they can do to win the games.

"It's not good for the Premier League that a team could be relegated because of a decision that was made off the pitch.

"This is especially because the victims will be the people who didn't do anything wrong here like the fans and the players."

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