THREE Pompey fans have been given football banning orders after clashing with rival club supporters.
Charles Kennett, Robbie Fowler and Tyler Newton were banned from attending the club’s matches.
Unfortunately there are a tiny minority of people who get involved in these kinds of incidents but the overwhelming majority of Pompey fans give their club fantastic supportPompey spokesman Colin Farmery
The trio were hauled before Exeter magistrates over causing fear or violence at the Exeter v Pompey match last August 9.
Kennett, 28, of Glasgow Road, Eastney, was banned for five years.
Fowler, 19, of April Square, Landport, was banned for four years.
Newton, 21, of Jenkins Grove, Copnor, was also banned for four years on December 15.
Hampshire police has welcomed the banning orders, saying they will help prevent further crime and disorder at Pompey matches.
PC Stuart Dickerson, of the strategic operations and tactical planning unit, said: ‘We are pleased with the duration of the banning orders.
‘They will help prevent football-related crime and disorder and Portsmouth fixtures home and away.’
Colin Farmery, a Portsmouth Football Club spokesman, said it was a tiny minority of fans who get involved in trouble.
He said: ‘It’s always regrettable when fans are the subject of banning orders but we want to ensure that Fratton Park is a safe and secure environment for fans of all clubs.
‘Fans need to be aware their actions have consequences.
‘Unfortunately there are a tiny minority of people who get involved in these kinds of incidents but the overwhelming majority of Pompey fans give their club fantastic support.’
As of September 2014 there were 14 active banning orders for Pompey fans in the previous season.
Two of those were handed out between September 2013 and 2014.
In the 2013-14 season police arrested 21 Pompey fans on suspicion of varying offences, including violent disorder, public disorder, pitch invasions and alcohol-related offences.
Ten arrests were at away matches and 11 were at home games.
Banning orders can last between three and 10 years.
They are handed out by courts when it can be proved a person caused or contributed to football-related violence or disorder, and if the order will prevent further misbehaviour.
The game against Exeter was drawn 1-1, with Jed Wallace equalising for The Blues in the second half.