Police check Portsmouth buses for flares as they arrive at Sunderland-Pompey game

Police at the Stadium of Light are checking coaches carrying Pompey fans to make sure no flares or smoke bombs are on board.

Saturday, 17th August 2019, 12:58 pm
Updated Saturday, 17th August 2019, 2:55 pm
A flare is thrown by a Pompey supporter down into the Sunderland fans at April's match after Portsmouth's Jamal Lowe scores his first goal of the match Picture: PinPep Media / Joe Pepler

The move this lunchtime comes after a flare was thrown during the corresponding league game in April.

Then, the game – which ended 1-1 – was interrupted for several minutes after the flare went off, leaving one supporter needing medical attention for smoke inhalation.

In May 18-year-old Pompey fan Samuel Parrott of Norton Drive, Fareham, was banned from games for three years at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court after admitting ‘throwing an item at a designated football ground’.

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