HUNDREDS of people have signed a petition calling for the return of a pitch invader’s Pompey season ticket.
Tyler Smith apologised after running on to the pitch at Fratton Park on November 24 and taking a goal kick.
The 21-year-old, from Waterlooville, had acted as fans were frustrated with York City’s goalkeeper Scott Flinders.
Now 851 people have signed a petition calling for his season ticket to be returned after it was confiscated.
The petition, started by Edward Kingsley, said: ‘Though Smith has apologised and the club could receive a fine, I for one feel the confiscation of his ticket and any ban imposed would be unjust.
‘Especially as such bans don’t get imposed on cup final invasions, surviving relegation or promotion-winning matches.
‘I not only call for his ticket to be returned, for a fan who has supported his club through thick and thin, through all the scandals, mismanagement, mistrust and appalling behaviour of some at the club in the past, but if any fine is given, I would even call on everyone at the York game (punishment enough for Tyler was to miss all the goals!) to give a donation towards the fine.’
Pompey won the game 6-0.
Messages of support have been posted, including one purporting to be from Tyler himself. ‘Because I’d like my season ticket back,’ it said.
Another, posted by Louis Knight, said: ‘He did what I wish I could have done. He’s a total legend.’
Stephen Connor said: ‘First offence, a slap on the wrist and a fine would be suffice.’
When Tyler spoke to The News last year he 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.
It was to show that we were frustrated with the goalkeeper.
‘To make someone smile is a good thing, but I have got a lot of regret with the trouble it has caused the club.’
The club was facing a possible £5,000 to £10,000 fine following the pitch invasion, with the club describing it as a ‘serious offence’.
To sign the petition, which was started three days ago, see chn.ge/1SojbiF