Pompey's Ben Haim bites back

 

Soccer:Tal Ben Haim says he is prepared to 'lose more money' to help Portsmouth survive after administrator Trevor Birch said the player's wages were moving the club to the brink of extinction.

The 30-year-old former Manchester City and Chelsea defender has one year remaining on his contract but Birch warned his salary, and that of a number of the club's other high-earners, could see Pompey go into liquidation before the start of the new season.

Birch has imposed a salary cap, and an offer to buy the club by former owner Balu Chainrai is on condition that high earners like Ben Haim are off the wage bill.

The Israel international spoke to Sky Sports Newsafter Birch told The Independentthat the player and his agent Pini Zahavi were "not helping" the situation at Fratton Park.

Ben Haim said: "I've lost a lot of money, but it's not about the figures. It's over £2.5m net but I'm prepared to lose more, I'm prepared to help the club and lose more money.

"On the other hand, the administrator's fee is not less than what I earn. Nobody talks about that, so I prefer to lose more but he has to cut his fees as well.

"I can say when it went to administration we sat with the administrator, and in five to 10 minutes we had a deal. We agreed everything, Trevor spoke with us but then he disappeared for two months, so it's not our fault.

"He forgot that you have to negotiate with the players and not with the press. The press are not going to sign a compromise, they have to sit with us and tell us the figures exactly."

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