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Voluntary pitch encroachment NO ONE wins!

Voluntary pitch encroachment NO ONE wins!

I think that we all know that entering onto the field of play is an offence that is not allowed, so not only will those that did this at the weekend be banned - maybe for several years - they will also be heavily fined!

Although it is ALSO the club that is most likely going to be fined - which, as we all know at this point in time is the last thing we need!

Police presence, which again means more cost, will also now increase on Tuesday as a result, as details issued on The Pompey Site explained, see below...


Message To Fans

Following the pitch incursions during Pompey's 2-1 FA Cup victory over Sunderland at the weekend, Portsmouth Football Club would like to remind its supporters of the consequences of such action.

It is an arrestable offence to enter the field of play without lawful authority, and those convicted of doing so may also receive a football banning order in addition to the punishments decided by the courts.

Additionally, match officials are required to report any pitch encroachments to the Football Association, which can lead to either substantial fines and/or points deductions.

Pompey's stadium manager and safety officer, Derek Stone, said: "We had two incidents that completely spoilt the day.

"The supporters' pre-match protest was conducted in a sensible manner, only to be spoilt by the later actions of the five individuals who invaded the pitch.

"Unfortunately, these actions will serve only to hurt the club further.

"The FA will be investigating the weekend's incidents, and will consider what disciplinary action may be taken against the club.

"Additionally, as a direct result of these incursions, the police category for Tuesday's match against West Ham has been increased - this will incur additional costs to the club.

"We urge our supporters to get behind the team and the club on Tuesday, but please do so in a manner that will not hurt the club or the team.

"We know our fans are passionate about the team, but please ensure you comply with our ground regulations at all times."

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Date:Monday January 25 2010
Time: 11:04AM


oh for God's sake.... same morons were probably complaining about financial mis-management of the club - what a great excuse for Directors just to ignore them
25/01/2010 11:18:00
yea just read this, fecking ridiculous, i hope those tw*t's are happy with themselves, thats all we need is to give the FA a chance to deduct points/ fine us, hell, they hate us enough as it is....
25/01/2010 11:21:00
we have also had this from rocky forwarded onto us...
Please see below re Saturday’s game with regard to match day safety update.

As regard to the events on the pitch in relation to the players, a fantastic result and the second half our guys looked really good and in control !

The game would have been incident free apart from one medical incident where a lady slipped on the stairs and injured herself slightly just before kick off, until we had two incidents that completely spoilt the day.

At 1532 two males decided to enter the field of play having unfurled a banner over the digi-boards. Their actions held up play for 30 seconds as recorded by the referee.

At 1621 following our second goal, four supporters who we were having trouble with behind the goal at the Fratton end attempted to get on the pitch. Three were successful and were detained at pitch edge.

Following the first incident a public announcement was made warning supporters that to enter the field of play without lawful authority is an arrestable offence.

I was forced to deploy stewards to pitch edge both at half time and full time in order to secure the pitch in an attempt to prevent encroachment.

Following the match I was requested to meet with the referee concerning the two incidents where he informed me, that he would be submitting a report to the FA . This report will now be looked at by the FA and disciplinary action against the club may follow.

As a direct result of this, the police category for Tuesday’s match against West Ham has been increased therefore additional costs to the club at a time where money is a cause of concern to each and everyone of us.

I am now exploring the option of bringing in additional stewards should this 'unrest' continue as the repercussions for the club are not good at all.

All this is very sad, given that the supporters were allowed their protest pre-match which was conducted in a sensible manner only to be spoilt by later events.

Those persons who entered the field of play were arrested by the police and have been charged with bail conditions not to return to Fratton Park and an application for a football banning order application will be made.

I have asked for an appeal to be made via our website etc for supporters to support the club but to refrain from conduct that just adds difficulties to everything else that is happening at this time.
25/01/2010 11:36:00
Thats got nothing to do with passion it's purely self indulgent stupidity egged on by Westy, Mudie and Farmery they must have been aware of what was going to happen, now the club probably get fined and the police who are already over charging get an excuse to do it more so.
25/01/2010 11:47:00
I think its unfair to label Mudie and Farmery as eggers-on! JPFCW I don't know, but agree it's self indulgent. In many ways, you could see it coming over the past few weeks as supporters have been getting slightly peeved over the lack of communication, action from the club. That said, we all know that fines, bans etc. follow for club and individuals involved. Silly !!!
25/01/2010 12:13:00
I wrote in Toast about this yesterday and could have written Derek Stone's email for him as I know the rules having been told them so many times! If the club are fined the idiots who did it should pay - simple!
25/01/2010 12:21:00
Brainless idiots .. I can understand everybody's different frustrations (to a point) but how can you logically deduce that going onto the pitch in protest is going to help save the club.. What's more even if it could the fools that did it know they will get a banning order .. so they save the club and will never be able to attend a match again.. (for a while at least) That's clever .. very clever..

I know what you mean Russ but can also see Barney's point .. but I would lay £100 on the fact that those five who ran on the pitch on Saturday have a) not attended 10 games between them all season and b) Only went on Saturday because of the march..
25/01/2010 13:00:00
Total and utter goons...everyone around me immediately realised the consequences for the club of such puerile foolishness and abused the idiots who got onto the pitch. To be fair, I don't recall one person cheering or supproting their actions (rightly so).
25/01/2010 13:22:00
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