BOOS resounded throughout Fratton Park last night as fury intensifies over the bid to paint the Spinnaker Tower red and white.
Madness guitarist ‘Chrissy Boy’ asked fans during the band’s open air concert in the stadium what they thought of the rebrand following a partnership between Portsmouth City Council and Emirates.
He was met with a chorus of boos from residents who are seething the Portsmouth landmark will resemble the colours of Southampton Football Club.
A petition against the move has attracted thousands of signatures.
And Madness followers after the gig said the controversy was the talk of the night.
Michael Warrior, 47, of Havant, said Portsmouth is being made fun of by its rivals.
‘It’s ridiculous,’ he said.
‘If the Emirates emblem was just put up, then fine, but not red and white.
‘I know it’s childish, but we are getting it rubbed in our faces by Southampton.
‘They think it’s funny. You would have thought more care would have been put into it.’
Clive Rush, 52, of Cosham, said: ‘That was the biggest talking point in there.
‘I have got friends in Southampton who say they were annoyed when the Itchen Bridge was fitted with blue lights.
‘But if it brings money into the city, and Donna Jones (leader of the council) says that will be around £1m a year, then that’s good.’
Pompey director Mark Trapani meanwhile said there was now ‘pressure’ on the club to ‘put the blue back into the city’.