Away fans who marred Pompey clash criticised

Supporters were shocked by the trouble caused after Pompey's home FA Cup tie with Aldershot on Remembrance Sunday
Supporters were shocked by the trouble caused after Pompey's home FA Cup tie with Aldershot on Remembrance Sunday
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AWAY fans who marred Pompey’s FA Cup tie by causing trouble on Remembrance Sunday have been criticised by shocked local supporters.

Problems flared before the first round clash against Aldershot at Fratton Park yesterday, when a large group of Shots fans descended on the John Jacques pub in Fratton Road, Fratton.

Shocked onlookers said glasses and chairs were thrown and police were called in.

On Twitter, @drewboyblue tweeted about the brawl. He wrote: ‘Kick off big time in spoons!! Glasses and chairs all over the show!!’

Pompey shareholder Chad Bichard, 24, from Portsmouth, was in the pub at the time.

Mr Bichard said: ‘It’s disgusting. I’ve been to a lot of football games home and away. It kicks off every so often, but for it to happen on Remembrance Sunday of all days.

‘This is a naval town. It’s a day we hold in high regard.

‘It was quite messy but the police did a cracking job. A group of Aldershot fans turned up. It seemed fine. Everyone was just talking.

‘Then all of a sudden there were glasses smashing and bottles being thrown in the air. Police came in with truncheons.

‘The police kept saying “It’s Remembrance Day, calm yourself down.”

‘No-one was going to let anything kick off.

‘They kept singing Aldershot songs.’

‘They [the police] kept them in the corner of the pub. They had a semi-circle around them. We left because of the trouble.’

Hampshire Constabulary said no arrests were made linked to the incident.

But during the FA Cup first round tie at Fratton Park, which ended with a 2-2 draw, two fans were kicked out of the ground by stewards for breaching the rules, although the exact reason for their removal is not known.

A flare was also let off inside the ground, however the person responsible has not been identified.

No-one was injured.

During the match @FrattonFaithful wrote on Twitter: ‘Just seen a load of Shots fans get frogmarched to the Milton End by the local fuzz. Has there been some trouble?’

After the final whistle police said one person was arrested at the nearby Milton Arms pub in Milton 
Road.

Further details of that arrest are yet to emerge.