Cash-strapped Portsmouth charge Carlisle £20 for parking team bus | inside World Soccer

Carlisle United manager Greg Abbott was gobsmacked after his club were charged £20 to park their bus before Saturday's match at struggling Portsmouth.

These cars might be charged for parking outside Fratton Park
These cars might be charged for parking outside Fratton Park

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Portsmouth, a Premier League club in 2010 and a FA Cup winner in 2008, have the sympathy of the footballing fraternity having suffered two administrations and two relegations in the last three years.

As if all this was not enough, their supporters can only shake their heads in disbelief at the embarrassing decision of the club's administrators of charging Carlisle to park their team bus outside Fratton Park on Saturday.

A Pompey spokesman said it was the first time their opponents had been charged for parking and that the decision was out of their hands because the land controlled by administrators acting on behalf of former owner Alexandre Gaydamak.

The spokesman said: "The situation is completely out of our control."

Carlisle officials could not believe their ears when they were asked to hand over the money to leave the vehicle on land next to Pompey's home.

"It is a sob story for Portsmouth and they are playing in sort of emotion country at the moment," Abbott told the BBC.

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