Pompey have appealed against the maximum fine of £15,000 imposed by the EFL for their failure to field a full strength team in each of the three Checkatrade Trophy group matches.

Not surprisingly, fans and supporter groups’ locally and nationwide reacted with bewilderment to news of the fines which affected a number of other clubs.

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The ‘full strength’ policy for the season 2016/17 competition was five of the starting line-up must have started the previous or following game (a reduction from six in season 2015/16) or five of the starting 11 who have made the most starting appearances in League and domestic Cup competitions fixtures during the current season.

Different rules applied for the invited category 1 clubs who were asked to follow a set of criteria with 6 of the starting 11 required to be under-21 as of June 30, 2016. None of the invited clubs failed to comply.

The clubs penalised were:

· Luton Town – £15,000 (£5,000 per match)
· Portsmouth – £15,000 (£5,000 per match)
· Bradford City – £3,000
· Blackpool – £3,000
· Bristol Rovers – £3,000
· Milton Keynes Dons – £3,000
· Millwall – £3,000
· Charlton Athletic – £3,000
· Peterborough United – £3,000
· Sheffield United – £3,000
· Southend United – £3,000
· Fleetwood Town – £5,000

Some good news did arrive earlier this week with the EFL announcing that they would cease discussions on the Whole Game Solution with immediate effect.

This comes after the FA informed them they were no longer prepared to consider rescheduling FA Cup fixtures into midweek slots.

Mark Catlin told the Portsmouth News: “I am absolutely delighted, not for me personally, but for Portsmouth Football Club. Any acceptance of the Whole Game Solution would have had massive negative ramifications for the club.”

Photo: Official PFC

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