BREAKING: Portsmouth FC step up security after ‘bomb threat to kill 150’ at play-off

Police have 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, from the handle @Kieran30971361, 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.

“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”

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In a statement, the club 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.”

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