Fans hurl racist abuse at player at Pompey game

Police are looking for this man in relation to Pompey v Barnet on September 12 at Fratton Park where Barnet players were racially abused by fans.
Police are looking for this man in relation to Pompey v Barnet on September 12 at Fratton Park where Barnet players were racially abused by fans.
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  • Police say Pompey fans heard the abuse and reported it but player may not be aware
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RACIST abuse of away players at a Pompey match is being investigated by police.

Hampshire police has confirmed it is investigating allegations of ‘foul language of a racist nature’ directed at Barnet players at the game at Fratton Park.

It comes after Reading FC striker Nick Blackman received racist abuse from the stands last month.

Now officers are investigating the second incident on September 12.

A photograph of two men was released by police but one has now been identified. The other is pictured.

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There’s shouting at football matches but racism steps over the mark

PC Steve Hopes

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Investigating officer PC Steve Hopes said: ‘It happened a couple of times during the match, once just prior to Barnet scoring.

‘There was a substitute warming up and he was racially abused. He may not have heard it but the people around the person shouting the abuse heard it.’

He added one man among Pompey fans in the stand had made some comments before then shouting the abuse at the player.

‘There’s shouting at football matches but racism steps over the mark,’ PC Hopes said.

‘If it’s reported to us we will certainly investigate it.’

The abuse was shouted from the stands before Barnet scored in the 24th minute – Pompey went on to win 3-1.

And the men involved were later inside the Partners Lounge at Fratton Park, The News understands.

The FA has said it is investigating the racist abuse at the Reading match.

A senior Hampshire police officer also said the force has a zero tolerance approach towards verbal abuse.

Report any incidents to Pompey’s confidential text number 07500778844.