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Portsmouth to start League One campaign with ten point deduction

Portsmouth have been told by the Football League they will start the new season on minus 10 points if they are to be allowed into League One, reports . Pompey are currently in administration while the Pompey Supporters' Trust and Balram Chainrai vie for ownership.

As well as a 10-point deduction, other conditions include paying all football creditors in full and strict financial controls.

The deduction would leave Portsmouth, who only have eight senior players on the books, facing a battle to avoid a second successive relegation before the new season even gets under way.

But in a statement the Football League said the conditions of membership offered to Portsmouth "seek to ensure the sporting integrity of league football and the financial viability of the club going forward".

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