THE Pompey fan who ran onto the pitch and took a goalkick has apologised to the club and said he regrets his actions.
Tyler Smith was applauded by fans as he ran up to take the goalkick during the first half of Tuesday’s 6-0 thrashing of York City.
The fans had grown frustrated with away goalkeeper Scott Flinders, who they felt was wasting time.
But, as reported in The News, the club could now face a fine of between £5,000 and £10,000.
Mr Smith, 21, from Waterlooville, said: ‘I didn’t do it in a vicious way. Everyone was getting wound up with the goalkeeper. It was a spur of the moment thing.
‘I didn’t realise how serious it was at the time.’
If I had known the consequences I wouldn’t have done itTyler Smith
Mr Smith was escorted out of the ground and was arrested and questioned by police.
‘It was to show that we were frustrated with the goalkeeper,’ he said. ‘To make someone smile is a good thing but I have got a lot of regret with the trouble it has caused the club.
‘If I had known the consequences I wouldn’t have done it.’
Mr Smith is a season ticket holder in the Fratton End, but his ticket has been confiscated and he is yet to find out what will happen to his ticket in the future and whether he will be able to attend any more games.
‘I want to be banned for as little time as possible but I have caused a lot of trouble for the club and I think it’s right that I take any punishment that they think is right,’ he said.
Mr Smith emailed club chairman Iain McInnes to apologise for his actions.
‘I wanted to apologise because I had no intention of causing that much trouble,’ he added.
Pompey chief executive Mark Catlin said: ‘It’s a serious offence running onto the field of play no matter what the reasons are.
‘You can’t go on the field of play. If the referee wanted to he could have abandoned the game for the safety of the players and the referee and the linesman.’
And Mr Catlin said it’s unclear at the moment what action will be taken against Mr Smith.
‘It’s now in the hands of the FA and the police. We can’t act until after the investigation,’ he said.