The passion that brings Portsmouth together.
Pompey is a proud place for all fans of the south coast club. Founded in 1898 the club has been the pride of the city and brings everyone together. From highs of unexpectedly winning the 2008 FA Cup and lows of relegation from the Premier league to league 2, no matter what the outcome the fans never fail to support their team.
The club plays its games at the wonderful Fratton Park which has seen an FA cup, Premier League football and Europa League and that was all in the past ten years!
I spoke to a lifelong Portsmouth fan about the club. He stated that: “The passion from the fans week in week out, where it means so much to everyone involved rather than corporate Premier league football, has the feeling of true meaning”
However, recently this wonderful reputation has been dented due to some idiotic individuals. The incident occurred during the second leg of the play off semi finals between Portsmouth and Sunderland at Fratton Park. Let me explain...
Portsmouth are a goal down from Tyneside and desperate for a comeback similar to Derbys against Leeds the night before to lift tensions.
Both sides frustrated with poor football on the pitch leading anger to rise through everyone in the stadium.
In The 63rd minute Sunderland midfielder Luke O'Nien chases down Tom Naylor off the pitch leaving O’Nien falling headfirst into the Fratton Park faithful. This led to most Pompey fans displaying their feelings towards the player with explicit words and gestures.
Now this is part of football and it’s why fans go. A release of anger displays passion for their club.
The only issue is that after the game is that Sunderland player Lee Cattermole stated O’Nien was kicked and punched.
This is not acceptable in football.
The beautiful game is the working classes game and chants are part of football. Everyone that is part of the game loves football chants, even footballers can sometimes laugh them off. But physical violence is too far and it is unfair to the club as it puts their complete fanbase under scrutiny.
An example of individuals putting a fan base under scrutiny was the Croatia National fans. they had to play behind closed doors as racist chanting was heard by fans. This led to multiple fans being banned from watching live Croatian matches. The main issue was a Swastika was burnt into the pitch leading to their match against England being played behind closed doors.
Earlier in the season a similar incident occurred in Birmingham; the Second City derby between Birmingham City and Aston Villa. Villa defender Jack Grealish was physically assaulted by a Birmingham fan who ran onto the pitch and swung a punch at Grealish's head, sparking outrage from the whole world of football. The game served up karma though with Grealish staying on and scoring the winner in a one nil victory. However, football does not tolerate this behavior.
Fans who take part in these types of incidents should be ashamed because they ruin the reputation of the sport and of their own club.