Pompey hit out after Euro snub

Portsmouth administrator Andrew Andronikou has accused the Football Association of a 'shambolic' late change of heart after they rejected an appeal from the south coast club to take part in next season's Europa League.

Pompey missed the March deadline to apply for the UEFA club licence necessary to take part in European competition after Andronikou admitted the financial uncertainty had taken precedence over lodging the required paperwork with the relevant authorities.

The Fratton Park outfit's surprise progress to the FA Cup Final opened up a possible route into the Europa League.

However, their hopes of taking up a berth in the competition has been ended after the FA and Premier League issued a joint statement saying they would not consider an appeal from the south coast club.

Now an angry Andronikou has now accused the FA of changing its mind over a late entry and insists the already relegated Premier League club are not ready to give up their fight.

"We are very disappointed all round," he said."Last week they were asking us to prepare an application and now they are saying they won't consider one, but that's not going to deter us.

"I know our chances are pretty remote if the Premier League and FA say they won't consider it but we are still going to make our case and explore all possibilities for the club.

"We will go to UEFA and explore every avenue before we admit defeat.

"We are still a member of the Premier League for a few more weeks at least and they should be championing us.

"I think it's quite a shambles. There are rules and regulations but there is also football protocol and the way they have approached this subject means they must have made a significant U-turn in the last 24 hours."

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