Plans launched to avoid Pompey v Aldershot FA Cup replay trouble

A police operation is being organised after the Pompey and Aldershot supporters clash
A police operation is being organised after the Pompey and Aldershot supporters clash

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HAMPSHIRE Police say they will work closely with Pompey and Aldershot to avoid a repeat of trouble when the two clubs meet in the FA Cup replay.

As reported in The News, there were problems before and after Pompey’s first round FA Cup game against Aldershot on Sunday, which ended in a draw.

The replay will take place on Wednesday, November 19.

A group of Shots fans descended on the John Jacques pub in Fratton Road, Fratton, before the kick-off, with glasses and chairs thrown around. Police were seen to pen Aldershot fans into a corner of the pub but there were no arrests.

During the game at Fratton Park, which ended in 2-2, two fans were kicked out of the ground by stewards for breaking the rules, although the exact reason for their removal is not known.

After the final whistle, police said one person was arrested at the Milton Arms pub in Milton Road. Supporters were marched back to the train station by police after the game.

Chief Inspector Jason Kenny said: ‘We are currently waiting for confirmation as to the exact date and time for the FA Cup replay involving Portsmouth and Aldershot Town.

‘A proactive policing operation will take place before, during, and after the game.

‘This will take into account the specific requirements of the ground, and the number of tickets sold.

‘The original fixture drew nearly 11,000 supporters to Fratton Park, of which more than 2,000 were away fans.

‘One arrest was made following the game and we will consider this when planning the operation for the replay.’

Club spokesman Colin Farmery said he hopes there will not be any trouble at the game.

‘Pompey fans will no doubt travel in good numbers for the replay at Aldershot and help make a great atmosphere on the night,’ he said.

‘Our fans are frequently praised by away teams for their passion and enthusiasm and we are sure it will be no different this time.’