IT came out of nowhere.
Early in the second half of Pompey’s 1-0 away loss at Oldham, the Blues’ Yassin Moutaouakil clashed with Jordan Obita.
Moutaouakil was aggrieved as he felt Obita had pushed him over advertising hoardings.
Players piled in, eager to back their team-mate up.
And then it happened: Sam Sodje was seen by the referee’s assistant thumping Oldham’s Jose Baxter not once, but twice in the groin.
Hardly anyone else saw it happen, and Guy Whittingham himself said he’d have to watch it back on DVD.
Whittingham stopped Sodje from speaking to any media after the match to give his side of what happened.
The Pompey boss at the time said on the back page of The News on Monday, February 25, pictured left: ‘The linesman said straight away Sam punched him (Baxter). But there was no need for him to be anywhere near it. If you do get involved in it, you do it to pull your players away – not get involved yourself. Sam apologised afterwards but that’s no good to us. I haven’t even asked him what happened but, of course, I’m not happy about it.
‘We’re in a position where we’re desperate to win a game, and you can’t win games with 10 men.’