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Stoke boss Pulis: Premier League must make sure Portsmouth survive

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis says the Premier League must make sure Portsmouth finish the season.

The Potters beat Pompey 2-1 at Fratton Park yesterday.

Portsmouth's attempts to sell players outside of the transfer window to balance their books were thwarted by the Premier League on Friday.

However, former Fratton Park manager Pulis has called on the sport's governing body to make sure Pompey are able to complete their fixtures.

He said: "It's such a famous football club - a great football club. I was very, very privileged and lucky to have managed it for nine months and I really enjoyed it here. Is very important they keep it going because 250,000 people live around this area and people support this club from thousands of miles away.

"They wake up every morning to find out what their club is doing and it is their football club. I think the FA have a responsibility to themselves, as well as this football club, to make sure it keeps going.

"But they also have to investigate how this has happened. It has not happened at a third division club; it has happened at a Premier League club. The money coming into this club has been phenomenal if you look at it. So the baton is there for them to pick up. But the most important thing before they do that is to keep the place going until the end of the season."

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