Mid-Day Ticker: Portsmouth in trouble, FIFA wants more handshakes and more

Mid-Day Ticker: Portsmouth in trouble, FIFA wants more handshakes and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Portsmouth in trouble, FIFA wants more handshakes and more


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All is far from well at Fratton Park.

League championship side Portsmouth has reportedly asked players and employees to hold off on collecting their salaries, after the club's administrator warned that it could run out of money within two months.

The club entered administration for the second time since 2010 last week, and the club's administrator, Trevor Birch, believes the tactic is necessary for the team to remain in business.

"To put it bluntly, Portsmouth Football Club has a Premier League cost base but only Championship income," Birch told reporters. "This is not a sustainable situation and one that needs to be addressed urgently if the club is to continue to exist.

"There is a serious risk that the club could run out of cash within the next couple of months. Portsmouth's survival depends on us being able to find a buyer for the club before the money runs out."

Here are a few more stories from around the soccer world:


Instead of getting rid of the pregame handshake routine, FIFA is reportedly headed to the complete opposite end of the spectrum: It wants more.

In light of the handshake fiasco before the Manchester United-Liverpool match in which Luis Suarez refused to shake Patrice Evra's hand, FIFA has taken it upon itself to examine ways to improve the image of the game and emphasize sportsmanship.

As a result, a FIFA committee led by former German great Franz Beckenbauer has expressed its wish for postgame handshakes in the center circle following every match.


Wayne Rooney will miss Manchester United's Europa League Round of 32 second leg match against Ajax after being ruled out with a throat infection.

The English side holds a commanding 2-0 edge heading back to the return leg Old Trafford. Rooney reportedly picked up the infection after last week's first leg in Amsterdam. He is being rested with the hope that he'll be fit for Sunday's league match against Norwich City.


Ravel Morrison's controversial tweet has cost him £7,000.

The former Manchester United youth product and current 19-year-old West Ham midfielder used a homophobic slur toward another user via his own personal social networking page and is paying the price for it.

He was charged by the FA for using abusive language in regard to another's sexual orientation and admitted to it, thus prompting the fine and a warning from the FA.


What do you think of the situation at Portsmouth? What's your take on FIFA's handshake stance? Think Manchester United will be fine against Ajax without Rooney? What do you think of the punishment levied on Morrison? 

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