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Seven men who were involved in large scale disorder after the Portsmouth vs Southampton FC Carabao Cup football match last year have been jailed for a combined total of 12 years.
Following the match, which took place on 24 September 2019 at Fratton Park, police had to deal with groups of fans acting aggressively, and throwing items at officers and other fans.
We have released video footage today (Friday 9 October) which gives you a snapshot of the scale of the disorder and the challenges police faced on the day.
The following people pleaded guilty to violent disorder on Thursday 10 September, and were today sentenced as follows at Portsmouth Crown Court:
Each defendant was also handed a six year Football Banning Order.Detective Chief Inspector John McGonigle, who led the investigation, said: “The majority of fans on the day turned up at Fratton Park to enjoy the match.
“As a police Force we were very well prepared for the potential that a minority would try and ruin it and put other spectators at risk.
“The footage captured by police on the day demonstrates exactly what officers had to contend with, and the level of violence and aggression displayed by the minority is just simply unacceptable.
“The seven men who appeared in court today were identified as being heavily involved in the disorder that took place that day, and I welcome their guilty pleas and the sentences that have followed.
“I am grateful to those that behaved responsibly on the day, and to those who supported us throughout this investigation.”
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