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17 March 2010, 12:03 | Updated: 19 March 2010, 12:56
The Premier League have confirmed a nine-point deduction for Portsmouth to take place "with immediate effect''.
The League's board met this morning to impose the sanction after HM Revenue and Customs yesterday dropped their challenge to the club going into administration.
The deduction virtually guarantees relegation for Portsmouth, whose total drops to just 10 points, 14 behind second-from bottom Hull.
The Premier League said in a statement: "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. As a result Portsmouth FC has been deducted nine points with immediate effect. As part of this process the board met with the administrator to agree how we will work together for the remainder of the season to ensure that the club is able fulfil its commitments.''