London: Portsmouth face almost certain relegation from the Premier League after being docked nine points on Wednesday for going into administration last month.
The debt-laden south coast club are the first Premier League team to suffer a points penalty for entering administration. They now have just 10 points and are 17 points adrift of the safety zone with just nine games remaining.
"Following the High Court`s decision that Portsmouth FC`s administration is valid the Premier League Board convened today to apply the League`s rules and policies in relation to a member club suffering an event of insolvency," a League statement said.
"As a result Portsmouth FC has been deducted nine points with immediate effect."