A THREAT to bomb fans at the Portsmouth vs Sunderland play-off semi-final has led to an arrest.
Police had told fans to arrive in “plenty of time” due to increased checks.
It comes after the force were told of threatening messages that surfaced on social media.
One of the posts read: “I wonder how many Portsmouth fans I can shoot everyone remember the Manchester arena bombing just imagine Fratton Park going bang well let’s find out tomorrow.”
Another then read: “Bomb bomb fratton park went bang the Portsmouth fans all died. Haha going to be fun tomorrow headline news.”
The messages have been deleted, but were reported to the police and have led to an arrest.
“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”
Hants Police said: “A man was arrested overnight after threats were put out on social media about tonight’s Portsmouth V Sunderland game at Fratton Park.
“The 22 year-old-man, from North Allerton, was arrested in the early hours of this morning on suspicion of making threats to kill.
“He currently remains in custody.
“We continue to work with Portsmouth FC and can assure the public that a sufficient policing response will be in place for tonight’s match.”
In a statement, the club had earlier said: “Portsmouth Football Club are aware of a message that has been posted on social media and are working with police on this matter.
“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.
“Tickets for the match – which is being televised live on Sky Sports – have sold out.”
Portsmouth play Sunderland at 7.45pm tonight, with the visitors leading 0-1 on aggregate.