English League One side Portsmouth are investigating an alleged bomb threat they received earlier this week.
Portsmouth will host Sunderland in the second leg of their playoff semifinal tie. However, the build-up to the clash has been overshadowed by threats issued by a user on social media.
Bomb threats issued for game between Portsmouth and Sunderland
The user allegedly threatened to shoot and kill supporters during the game. They also referenced a past attack – the Manchester Arena bombing in which 23 people lost their lives back in May 2017.
Tickets have been sold out for the game which makes the matter all the more serious. Police are said to be investigating the incident, but are no closer to a conclusion.
The Twitter account from which the posts were sent has now been deleted.
All security measures in place
The club released a statement, explaining that all security measures are being put in place to ensure the safety of the fans and everyone involved.
They’ve also advised fans to arrive at the stadium early in order to avoid crowding outside which would add to the threat.
“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. 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.”
Earlier, a Portsmouth fan had encouraged fellow supporters to throw smoke and other handmade missiles at away fans. This has since been condoned by the club and district police have stated that they are looking into the matter.
Coming to the match in question, Sunderland bring a 1-0 first leg lead they secured at the Stadium of Light to Fratton Park. Portsmouth will know they have a mountain to climb if they are to make the final.