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Seven men sentenced for violent pub brawl before FA Cup tie

Seven men sentenced for their part in a violent brawl before FA Cup game Credit: Hampshire Police

Seven men have been sentenced for their part in a violent brawl before the Portsmouth against Aldershot FA Cup tie last November.

Two police officers were injured inside the John Jacques pub on Fratton Road in Portsmouth on the morning of the match.

At Portsmouth Crown Court, the group of four Aldershot and three Portsmouth supporters received a total of 24 years in Football Banning Orders (FBO). Five of them were also sent to prison, received a suspended sentence, one awaits a further sentencing hearing.

The seven men convicted in relation to the disorder are:

Alfie Lynch, 21, of Brookfield Road, Aldershot. He was convicted of affray and received eight months imprisonment plus a six year FBO;

Michael Singh, 50, of Church Hill, Aldershot. He was convicted of affray. Further hearing to be held for sentencing and decision on FBO yet to be made;

William Stocking, 27, of Quarry Road, Godalming. He was convicted of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour and received a 12 week sentence suspended for 12 months;

Ronnel Chambers, 23, from Aldershot. He was convicted of affray and received eight months imprisonment plus a six year FBO;

John Willett, 30, of Keswick Avenue, Copnor, Portsmouth. He was convicted of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, and received 18 weeks imprisonment plus a six year FBO;

Lewis Gibbs, 23, of Jervis Road, Portsmouth. He was convicted of affray, and received 12 months imprisonment plus a six year FBO;

Adam Squibb, 23, of Well Street, Ryde. He was convicted of affray and received 30 weeks imprisonment.

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Football club "shocked" by allegations

Portsmouth Football Club has released a statement saying it is shocked by allegations that ex-Portsmouth player Sam Sodje had taken money to fix matches.

If these serious allegations are true then we are extremely shocked and saddened by them, as match-fixing of any type goes to the heart of the integrity of the game.

The player in question no longer plays for the club and we have not been contacted by the authorities, but of course we would cooperate fully with any inquiry."

– Colin Farmery, Portsmouth Football Club

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Portsmouth Football Club has said it is "shocked and saddened" by the claims.

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Vladimir Antonov and his Lithuanian business partner are fighting extradition to Lithuania. The men claim they are victims of a politically motivated conspiracy. The hearing in London is expected to last two weeks.

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The public will be able to have their say on the plans at public consultation events on Friday 5th July and Saturday 6th July in the Victory Rooms.

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Pompey Supporters' Trust announces new CEO

Fans of Portsmouth FC have continued their celebrations after the club's Supporters' Trust learnt it can take over the club.

The Trust announced today that it will appoint Mark Caitlin as Chief Executive under the new regime. The 47-year-old has been working with Trust members at Fratton Park for the last few months. He will fill the role previously taken by David Lampitt.

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