POLICE have vowed any fan violence will be dealt with strongly ahead of Pompey’s visit to Newport County this weekend.
It comes after a Newport County fan was given a three-year football ban for leaving 18-year-old Harry Davis needing 10 stitches after the corresponding fixture at Fratton Park last August.
Inspector John Davies from Gwent Police said: ‘There was some disorder in that game.
‘The message we really want to get across is that we want people to come to the football and enjoy themselves.’
Mark Jones, head of operations at Newport’s ground Rodney Parade, said: ‘We’ve got 50 CCTV cameras in the ground and obviously we are working with the police to let them use any of them whenever they need to.’
All 2,500 tickets for Pompey fans have sold out.
Darren Bourne, 34, from Newport, was charged with grievous bodily harm and pleaded guilty at Portsmouth Crown Court.
He was given a suspended jail sentence of 36 weeks, and told to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.
Hampshire police have said they will send officers to the game as is normal practice –and that it is not in response to the incident in August.