Fans angry at derby day travel rules

Conor Chaplin, left, and Oli Hawkins, right, are two options to replace the injured Brett Pitman against Plymouth. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey fans debate who should replace injured Pitman against Plymouth

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A FANS’ group has criticised security arrangements for Pompey supporters travelling to a the derby match at Southampton on April 7.

Like Saints fans at the December meeting between the clubs at Fratton Park, they will have to agree to travel in a coach convoy to get a ticket.

SOS Pompey spokesman Brendon Bone wrote: ‘The “bubble” arrangements, which are in a complete contravention of human rights, are nothing short of scandalous.’

He said: ‘At Saturday’s game between West Ham and Millwall, which was trouble free, both sets of fans were able to travel freely to the ground. If a game that has been notorious down the years can be policed so sensibly by Metropolitan Police, we would ask Hampshire Constabulary to take a leaf out of their book.’

Superintendent Rick Burrows said: ‘The vast majority of feedback we received in December was supportive and appreciative of the police tactical plan, which for the first time in many years saw no inter-fan disorder.’