Sixteen men have been sentenced after a fight between Portsmouth and Plymouth football fans in April (2018).
Ahead of a League Two football match between Portsmouth FC and Plymouth Argyle FC on 14 April, Portsmouth supporters began to meet from 8.30am in Guildhall Square, awaiting a train from Plymouth with 80 fans on board.
Approximately 40 Portsmouth supporters then evaded a police line and charged towards officers and Plymouth supporters to start a fight, despite significant measures put in place by police.
The incident escalated with coins, lighters and bottles being thrown and individuals from the Portsmouth group confronting the police and seeking further confrontation with supporters from Plymouth.
A Plymouth supporter was later assaulted in Winston Churchill Avenue, being kicked repeatedly whilst he was on the floor, and a police officer was also assaulted whilst attempting to arrest an attacker.
Video Source: Hampshire Police
Twelve people pleaded guilty to violent disorder during the court process.
Four other men were found guilty following a trial at Portsmouth Crown Court in June.
Gavin Sumpter, of the CPS, said:
“It is clear from the evidence in this case that these fans had planned to engage in disorder with the Plymouth supporters prior to the match.
“They waited for the Plymouth supporters to arrive in Guildhall Square with the sole purpose of engaging in violence and disorder.
“The CPS worked closely with Hampshire Constabulary to build a strong case against these men.
"Numerous witness statements were obtained and hours of CCTV and camera footage was viewed to identify those involved.
“Members of the public and children should not be exposed to any form of violence when carrying out their day to day activities.
"Violence and disorder in football will not be tolerated and we hope this case will be a deterrent to other like minded individuals.
“Anyone who involves themselves in such behaviour can expect to be prosecuted robustly and the CPS will seek football banning orders where appropriate in order to ensure that decent law abiding supporters can continue to enjoy the sport in a safe and secure environment.”