Portsmouth’s season ended with a whimper this week as they were held 0-0 at Fratton Park in their play-off second leg.
They trailed 1-0 from the first match at the Stadium of Light, but a home goal of any type could have swung the tie in their favour.
The game promised much but in the end, delivered little. It was a testy affair between two sides trying harder not to get beat than to win. Marred by controversy, the Pompey crowd bringing shame on their side.
One of them was filmed kicking Luke O’Nien whilst he was down after he fell into the supporters, but another unsavoury video has also emerged featuring one of their players.
Brett Pitman is filmed running towards a ball boy, who you would imagine is a Pompey fan given that he’s at Fratton Park, mouthing expletives as he hurries him along.
The ball boy isn’t seen, but you’d imagine he is a child between the ages of 9 and 13, which makes the video incredibly unpleasant.
As you’d expect, fans have not reacted well to this latest slur on Pompey’s good name.
Hopefully the kids Dad will fill him in after the game.
— Villa83 (@Villa831) May 16, 2019
I saw that during the game and thought it was a disgrace. Pitman is their captain and he's talking to a kid who is maybe 12 and a Pompey fan like that; should be ashamed of himself.
— Andrew Sutton (@MrSutton81) May 17, 2019
All because he was having a shocker. Club should fine him and make him publicly apologise to the lad.
— Lodgie ⚽️?? (@Lodgie68) May 16, 2019
That is disgraceful. The man is arrogant and his behaviour all through the match was appalling. I wonder how he would feel if someone spoke to his children like that. Shame on ou Mr. Pitman ?
— Lin Warner (@LinW_Pompey) May 17, 2019
Speaking to id assume someone around the age of 13-14 and probably a fan of his team. Disgusting
— Dominic Harris (@DomHarris1985) May 18, 2019
Disgusting behaviour! Alot of ball boys look up to these players. Talk about setting an example.. NOT!
— Julie (@gymmummy2) May 17, 2019
Obviously he bullies kids.. imagine what he's like with is own
— Marc Walton (@MarcWal88078856) May 17, 2019