Pompey planning Euro appeal

Portsmouth are to ask the Football Association to grant them special dispensation to play in Europe next season despite missing the deadline to apply for a UEFA licence.

Pompey's semi-final victory over Tottenham on Sunday secured the cash-strapped south coast club a place in next month's FA Cup Final.

They will face Chelsea at Wembley and the fact that the Blues will be playing Champions League football next season means that Pompey are entitled to claim the place in the Europa League reserved for the cup winners.

Pompey, who entered administration in February, require a UEFA licence to play in Europe but missed the March 1 deadline for applications.

However, administrator Andrew Andronikou has confirmed that the club will appeal to the FA in a bid to be granted the necessary paperwork to take part in continental competition.

"We are going to do our best to get the club into Europe," he said.

"It's a situation where the club had other priorities at the time but it is now something we are looking at and we hope to have some movement on that in the next couple of weeks."

If Pompey's appeal fails then the Europa League place is expected to go to the seventh-placed team in the final Premier League table.

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