Portsmouth will not be allowed to play in next season’s Europa League following a joint decision by the Football Association and Premier League.
The Premier League club, which went into administration in Fenruary amid mounting debts, had appealed to the FA asking for a Uefa licence to compete in Europe – despite missing the deadline for applications.
Portsmouth would have qualified for the competition having reached the final of the FA Cup against Chelsea. The team finishing seventh in the Premier League will now be allocated the Europa League spot.
Portsmouth were not in a position to file their accounts in time because the club is currently in administration – a criterion for a Uefa club licence.
A joint statement from the FA and Premier League said: “The FA and Premier League have confirmed to the administrators of PortsmouthFootball Club that they shall not consider any late application for granting of a Uefa Club Licence for the 2010-11 season.”