Moyes hits out at Portsmouth

Everton manager David Moyes has called on the Football Association to throw out Portsmouth's appeal over their possible inclusion in next season's Europa League.

The south coast club missed the March 1 deadline to apply for the UEFA licence necessary to take part in European competition, with administrator Andrew Andronikou blaming off-field distractions for the oversight.

However, Pompey's surprise progression to the FA Cup Final has brought the matter to a head as they will be eligible to play in next season's Europa League as Wembley opponents Chelsea will qualify automatically for the Champions League.

Pompey have submitted an appeal to the FA but should they be denied entrance to the continental competition, then the place will go to the club which finishes seventh in the final Premier League table.

That could well be Everton and Toffees boss Moyes believes there should be no second chance for Portsmouth.

"I was told Portsmouth had not applied to be in Europe," he stated.

"So if that was the case, they were not a consideration.

"It will be unfortunate for them but if they had not applied, you cannot say 'we want to do it now'."

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