One pitch invasion was too many for Pompey - no more please
By Site reporter
Wednesday 17 Apr 2013 23:18:00
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Pompey have told fans they don't want a repeat of the pitch invasion seen at Brentford when they bring down the curtain on their home campaign on Saturday with a visit from Sheffield United.


The Blues are waiting to see if they will be punished for their fans coming on to the playing area at the final whistle at Griffin Park and have moved to prevent any problems this weekend - saying the management and players will do their lap of honour if supporters stay in their seats.

A Pompey statement said: 'Following last weekend’s away fixture at Brentford, Portsmouth Football Club would like to remind supporters that it is a criminal offence to enter the field of play at any time – be it before, during or after the game.

'Any person that goes on to the pitch risks a subsequent arrest and banning order. The club is also liable to receive potential sanctions and fines. In respect of both our loyal supporters and the club itself, it is important that these rules are adhered to.

'While we appreciate that there is much cause for celebrating the saving of our club, for safety and security reasons caretaker manager Guy Whittingham has urged supporters to remain in their seats at all times on Saturday.

'Guy, the team and their families will, as is customary, be looking to come out after the final whistle to thank fans for the incredible support they have received all season. But they will only be able to do this if supporters stick to these rules.'

Whittingham added: 'The players and staff would like to show their appreciation for the loyal and outstanding support shown by the fans this season by coming out after the game to say thank you.

'They have stayed with us through difficult times and provided some great memories with their magnificent backing. The home game against Bournemouth and the trips to Swindon and Crewe particularly stand out. But we will only be allowed to show our gratitude if fans remain in their seats after the final whistle.'

Pompey were relegated on Tuesday night by Oldham's victory over Yeovil, while Sheffield United still harbour promotion hopes, although didn't do their cause any good by failing to win at home to nine-man Brentford.

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