It’s fine.". Burly David Oppitz was caught on camera apparently taking sly potshots at Sunderland ace O'Nien during the League One play-off game against Portsmouth on Thursday night. "It was a tense atmosphere, I’ve played here a few times. I don't agree with that at all. '˜They're being targeted and that's skewing the figures. '˜As a result, the level of disorder and violence we have seen at matches in the last year has noticeably reduced, and we are pleased to see this. PC Stuart Dickerson, Hampshire police's dedicated football officer, said: '˜In 2017 we were faced with significant levels of violence and disorder at Portsmouth football matches, and this game was no exception. Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service in hot water over deleted free school meals tweet, Staff at floating Royal Navy museum HMS Caroline face redundancy as consultants brought in. '˜Pompey fans are boisterous and like everyone we do have an element that can misbehave but I don't we're worse than any other club.'. However, Blues supporters have since rallied in defence of their club and feel they have been hard done by. Oppitz, who lives in Havant, a town just outside Portsmouth, seized on the opportunity to seemingly lash out with his feet and arms while others around him tried to help the player back to his feet. I think he got arrested in the end, but he can have that one.". 679215 Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF. Comments are subject to our community guidelines, which can be viewed, Yob David Oppitz clashed with Sunderland star Luke O'Nien during the League One play-off at Portsmouth, O'Nien climbs out the crowd as Sunderland team-mates remonstrate with the Pompey fans, David Oppitz, left, at the wedding of his son Warwick, Warwick Oppitz, circled, was one of two sons who watched the game with David Oppitz, A T-Shirt and tracksuit trousers identical to the ones worn by the fan at Fratton Park hang on the washing line at the home of David Oppitz today, caught on camera apparently taking sly potshots, Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). But it's got to be proportionate. For other inquiries, Contact Us.

Spencer Green, committee member with London branch of Pompey Supporters' Club, which represents hundreds of fans - said: '˜To rank Portsmouth as one of the worst-behaved fanbases in the country is rubbish. ©JPIMedia Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved. This could see repeats of the extreme violence in previous fixtures.The backlash from Pompey fans could be seen when Millwall came to Portsmouth last time as there was thousands of Pompey fans waiting for Millwall after the game at the station. To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). Lifelong Pompey fan Bob Beech, 51, of Milton also stood up for Blues' supporters. As previously reported, Hampshire police has been clamping down on football hooliganism. The revelation comes after four fans were hauled in front of the court and punished for violent disorder offences following a clash between Pompey and Oldham fans at Fratton Park on September 30, 2017. "There was a little bit [of contact] but he didn’t hurt me or anything.

But he ended up tarnishing the reputation of the club with his reaction when O'Nien plunged over the advertising into the stands.

'˜On paper these statistics may look troubling, but what it actually demonstrates is the success rate of the force's work in tackling football-related violence. ', This website and its associated newspaper are members of Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO).

So, yeah, no problem. For further details of our complaints policy and to make a complaint please click here. Asked if the police had spoken to him, he added: "Yeah, they asked if I wanted to press charges but that’s just football. '˜Anybody who knowingly commits a criminal offence has got to be dealt with. That compares to 72 per cent, 40 per cent and 77 per cent for the top three teams. The force claimed its hardline approach, which in September saw eight yobs jailed for violent disorder during the match between Pompey and Plymouth. THE football fan who appeared to kick and punch Sunderland star Luke O'Nien has been named. '˜They had a bit of a spat with Plymouth (last year) that was blown out of proportion. Hampshire police have opened an investigation into an assault, and spoke to the player immediately after the match for his take. O'Nien later told reporters: "The bank falls so I went over the boarding and they had a few digs at me but that’s football.

I have to say despite the warning of the riots unless you are ridiculously earlier (12-1) you won?t see any Millwall fans at all, seeing as any Millwall fan who is still at London Bridge come 2 O?clock will be late!It wouldn?t surprise me that many Pompey fans do travel down early (pub). Only Birmingham, Sheffield United and Sunderland were worse, with 95, 62 and 60 arrests recorded, respectively. Millwall fans will also be boarding the train at London Bridge to head off to Southampton.If you ask me (I know you didn?t) I think that this was a bit careless of the police. The club's supporters have been ranked the fourth-worst behaved in all the nation's football teams during the 2017/18 season. This is the moment Portsmouth fans tried to storm the Oldham Athletic fans - after apparently becoming frustrated at a bare-chested Latics fan chanting songs for his team.

Almost all the Pompey fan arrests were made during home games, with 88 per cent taking place at Fratton Park. SunSport visited the home Oppitz shares with his wife, who refused to comment and turned our reporter away. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. I don't think it's any better or worse in Portsmouth than anywhere else in the country.'. '˜We have worked tirelessly to target the main offenders and bring them to justice, and as such we have seen a statistical increase in the number of arrests made and football banning orders given to Pompey fans.

The main reason for this backlash was video footage showing some Millwall fans randomly attacking an innocent Pompey fan heading back to his car.Although Millwall no longer contains so many football hooligans it is still possible that things could kick off a London Bridge. He doesn’t need or deserve that. The backlash from Pompey fans could be seen when Millwall came to Portsmouth last time as there was thousands of Pompey fans waiting for Millwall after the game at the station.

He said: '˜I feel police and the judicial system in our city has gone way overboard. I think it's made up.'.

This service is provided on News Group Newspapers' Limited's Standard Terms and Conditions in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy. News Politics Pompey fans rally after club's supporters named among the worst-behaved in British football ARREST rates for Pompey fans are among the worst in … "Listen, when the whistle goes it’s two teams going at it, two crowds going at it and that’s just part of it. To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. View our online Press Pack. While the fifth-worst team, Aston Villa, notching up a third of its 48 arrests at Villa Park. Sunderland ace O'Nien was targeted with kicks and a punch from aggressive fan after he tumbled into the crowd - and his kids were with him. Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. The main reason for this backlash was video footage showing some Millwall fans randomly attacking an innocent Pompey fan heading back to his car. The 50-year-old old Pompey fan had gone to watch the match at Fratton Park with two of his sons. '˜But I can't believe that Portsmouth's fans were the worst behaved in the country. Many fans will get the coach, many will drive and many will get the train to the Valley.There won?t be any violence on the coaches, maybe a few in the car but the train is a definite no no IF you don?t like violence.The reason for this is that Portsmouth fans will travel to London Bridge and then change trains for Charlton. "Someone like Luke as well, he’s a fantastic lad. This article is NOT to be mistaken for an article tying to stir up trouble but an article to warn people that may be considering travelling early that there may be violence. Millwall Pompey Riots?On the 17th of April, Pompey will take a sell out crowd to the Valley in what will be a crucial away fixture. Almost half of the total arrests made of Pompey fans (28) were for violent disorder offences, which was roughly in line with other clubs. I don't believe that's happening with Pompey fans. '˜There seems to be a vendetta going on against football supporters at the moment,' he said.

"The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. Team-mate Lee Cattermole added: "He was punched in the back – I was very disappointed and very surprised that people think they can do that when they come to watch a game. His actions were spotted by fellow Sunderland players who dashed over to confront the tracksuited Oppitz as the situation threatened to spill out of control. A Hampshire Police spokesperson said: "We can confirm we are investigating an assault against a Sunderland player at the Portsmouth v Sunderland football game at Fratton Park last night (Thursday, May 16). That's why the figures have been distorted. Official stats released by the Home Office and seen by The News, show 59 Pompey fans were arrested during the last season.

Del Pulley, chairman of the Chichester branch of Pompey Supporters' Club, felt the figures had been '˜skewed' by overzealous police action at Fratton Park. It’s a great ground with a cracking support and it’s a shame sometimes one lets them down.". During their protests, one of the Oppitz's sons Warwick, seen in a light blue T-shirt, also launched into a tirade of abuse and appeared to shove a player away. O'Nien climbs out the crowd as Sunderland team-mates remonstrate with the Pompey fans Credit: Reuters The 50-year-old old Pompey fan had gone to watch the match at … Portsmouth said in a statement: “Portsmouth Football Club are working with local police on an ongoing investigation.”, Ryan Giggs to step aside for Wales' next three games after 'assault' arrest, Ronaldo shows off ripped torso as he strips down to CR7 pants on subs' bench, John Terry's brother Paul facing ban as he's hit with FA betting charge, Greenwood worth £104m as four England stars make top 10 most valuable youngsters, Sir Bobby Charlton's brother opens up on Man Utd legend's dementia fight, ©News Group Newspapers Limited in England No. But hanging from the washing line in the back garden was a blue T-shirt and grey tracksuit bottoms identical to those worn by the fan who attacked O'Nien.