Michael Appleton focused on Portsmouth task

Michael Appleton
Appleton lost his first game in charge of Portsmouth on Saturday

Portsmouth manager Michael Appleton says the off-field worries at the club will not distract him or his players from Saturday's visit of Leicester.

A Europe-wide arrest warrant has been issued for the owner of Portsmouth Football Club, Vladimir Antonov.

Lithuanian prosecutors want to question him as part of an investigation into alleged asset stripping at Snoras Bank.

"We tend to have a little bit of a joke about it more than worry about it," Appleton told BBC Radio Solent.

Portsmouth said on Friday it was unaffected by the situation at Snoras Bank while on Tuesday, Latvian authorities suspended the operations of another of Antonov's banks, Krajbanka, for similar reasons.

The Football League have told BBC Radio Solent they are "monitoring the situation" while the Financial Services Authority (FSA) told BBC Sport they could not say whether they were investigating Antonov for financial irregularities.

But nonetheless Appleton says it is business as usual for his side, starting with this weekend's clash against the Foxes.

Appleton added that a lot of the players would be used to this type of situation.

In February 2010, Portsmouth became the first Premier League club to be placed into administration.

"I don't get caught up in it all until somebody says you can't do that or you can't do this in terms of training and preparing for a game," said Appleton.

"The lads are a good bunch and some of them here have been through a lot of distractions in the past. I think they are just a group of lads who get on with everything."

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