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Portsmouth chief Storrie hits back at Lineker, Hansen

Portsmouth chief Peter Storrie has blasted the Match of the Day panel for their criticism of the club's finances.

Storrie is angry that MOTD host Gary Lineker, together with pundits Alan Hansen and Mark Lawrenson, raised questions at the weekend about the money generated by a club that won the FA Cup two years ago.

Storrie fumed: "It's all very well for Lineker, Hansen and Lawrenson to look perplexed about where the money has gone by showing a chart of the players we've bought and looking at that £75million and adding that to £70million of debt and asking 'where's the £150 million gone?'.

"In that period we bought £50million-plus worth of players and paid out their salaries. The list showed one player sold for £18million, but they never took off the £4million sell-on fee to Arsenal or the fact that we paid £4million for him, so in reality we were paid £10million not the £18million shown, and that is just one example.

"If people want to know where the money has gone, look at the accounts. It's no secret, we've had the report submitted to the courts. It's there for all to see.

"The bulk of the money has gone to the players in wages. The cost of the players' wages this year is £37million.

"Last season, when it was running at its height, it was £52million, and the year before it was £42million. The vast majority of the money over the last two to three years has gone on players' wages, and also on their transfer fees.

"I am fed up with everyone highlighting the debts without ever bothering to look at the assets of this football club."

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