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Portsmouth's Grant wants decision on points deduction

Portsmouth manager Avram Gant wants a quick decision in regards to the club being deducted nine points for falling into administration.

Pompey are currently at the foot of the league table on 19 points and following the 2-1 home loss to Birmingham, Grant wants a decision to be made quickly as it is having a detrimental effect on the players and he wants to keep their hopes of staying up alive.

"I still believe that this needs to be decided on the pitch and we'll see how we get on," he said.

"We can still do it, but we need to know for sure what will happen. We can't just keep reading in the papers every day that we are nine points down.

"Of course it affects the players, but when they come to the pitch, they are trying everything they can do to win the games.

"For me, there is only one decision," he added.

"I always respect the rules and we need to respect the rules. But I've said it a hundred times and I'll say it again, football decisions should be settled on the pitch.

"It's not good for the Premier League that a team could be relegated because of a decision that was made off the pitch.

"This is especially because the victims will be the people who didn't do anything wrong here like the fans and the players."

Andrew Slevison
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