Portsmouth's turbulent season has taken another twist after they failed to block a winding up order issued by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.
The Premier League's bottom club were hoping to avoid a court hearing following the petition which was presented in December.
The beleaguered Fratton Park outfit had been in dispute with HMRC over the amount of VAT outstanding on their unpaid tax bill.
However, Mr Justice Newey has ruled that Pompey must face the winding up order at a hearing which is now likely to be on February 10.
A spokesperson for the Judicial Communications Office said:"At the High Court today Mr Justice Newey dismissed an application from Portsmouth City (sic) Football Club Limited for a winding up petition to be struck out.
"A further hearing to consider HMRC's winding up petition will take place in due course."