Pompey confident of getting FA Cup cash

LONDON - Portsmouth administrator Andrew Andronikou is confident the ailing club will receive their cash reward for reaching the FA Cup semi-finals, he told Reuters on Monday.

"I don't envisage there will be any problems," said Andronikou, who was appointed last month when the Premier League's bottom team entered administration with estimated debts of around 78 million pounds.

FA Cup rules state that any club entering administration during the competition must contact the FA (Football Association) in order to claim their winnings.

The south-coast side, winners of the trophy in 2008, are owed 360,000 pounds for beating Birmingham City 2-0 in their quarter-final plus broadcasting fees after the match was televised live on Saturday.

"We had a very constructive meeting with the FA last week. We have to write to them and I'm very confident they will be forthcoming with our reward," added Andronikou.

Portsmouth will meet Fulham or Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley next month for a place in the final.