Pompey fans call it right in bust-up poll

The majority of the Fratton faithful felt a fine would suffice in dealing with Christian Burgess and Michael Doyle.

Wednesday, 30th November 2016, 8:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 12:41 pm
Pompey skipper Michael Doyle Picture: Joe Pepler

And that is precisely the outcome of the punishment handed out by Pompey to the duo involved in a half-time dressing room fight.

Burgess was left with a cut head that required stitches following the incident during Saturday’s visit of Stevenage.

Chief executive Mark Catlin then launched an investigation ahead of deciding how to reprimand two linchpins of the Blues’ team.

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Before this yesterday morning’s conclusion of the inquiry, readers were asked to take part in an online poll on what they believed was the appropriate punishment for Burgess and Doyle.

The result saw 1,214 votes registered over four options – the biggest-ever response to a News poll.

Of those who took part, 51 per cent called for the issuing of a fine. Subsequently, Burgess and Doyle have made an undisclosed donation to Pompey’s Academy and Pompey in the Community.

Almost a quarter of those polled (24 per cent) believed there should be no ramifications for the experienced pair.

Instead they considered it preferable to move on, with the club putting the events behind them and focusing on promotion out of League Two.

Certainly, all Blues supporters share the desire to finally escape the bottom division of the Football League following four years at the current level.

Meanwhile, a return of 14 per cent felt it appropriate to place Burgess and Doyle on the transfer list.

Doyle, who arrived on a free transfer in the summer of 2015, is out of contract at the end of the season.

As for Burgess, he was recruited for an undisclosed fee from Peterborough and, being contracted until the summer of 2018, would likely attract buyers.

Finally, 11 per cent of those who took part in the poll were in favour of a suspension.

Without a game this weekend following FA Cup elimination to Wycombe Wanderers earlier this month, any self-imposed ban would begin at Grimsby on December 10.

Alternately, a club suspension could have focused on banning them from the training ground, albeit during a two-week period in which there is no match.

As it was, yesterday the club announced that the pair have been slapped with a fine, while Doyle retains the captaincy.

Now Pompey move on.