Police investigate Portsmouth bomb threat

Last Updated: 16/05/19 12:01am

Fratton Park will host the second leg of the League One play-off semi-final between Portsmouth and Sunderland

Fratton Park will host the second leg of the League One play-off semi-final between Portsmouth and Sunderland

Portsmouth will carry out enhanced security checks at Thursday’s game with Sunderland after a social media user threatened to shoot and bomb supporters attending the game.

Police are investigating the matter ahead of the sold-out Sky Bet League One play-off semi-final second leg at Fratton Park.

The threats, posted on a Twitter account, referenced the Manchester Arena bombing which killed 23 people in May 2017.

Portsmouth said they were aware of the posts and are working with Hampshire Constabulary.

The Twitter account has since been suspended.

“The club would like to reassure fans that there will be enhanced security checks in place for Thursday’s play-off match against Sunderland at Fratton Park,” read a Portsmouth statement.

“Due to these checks, all supporters with tickets are advised to arrive in plenty of time to make sure they are inside the stadium for the start of the game.”

An earlier post from a Portsmouth fan encouraged home fans to throw smoke bombs at away supporters.

Hampshire Constabulary said it was looking into the threats.

“We are aware of threats made on social media regarding the football match between Sunderland and Portsmouth taking place in Portsmouth tomorrow,” read a police statement.

“We are looking into these posts and want to assure the public that a sufficient policing response will be in place for the match tomorrow and that we are working alongside Portsmouth FC.”

Sunderland lead the tie 1-0 following Saturday’s first leg at the Stadium of Light.

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