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Portsmouth step up security as man threatens to 'kill at least 150 fans' at Sunderland; Police are investigating the matter ahead of the sold-out Sky Bet League One play-off semi-final second leg at Fratton Park.

Byline: Matt Maltby

Portsmouth will increase security measures for their crunch clash with Sunderland on Thursday night after a social media user threatened to shoot and bomb supporters attending the game.

Threats, posted on theTwitteraccount of Kieran30971361, referenced the Manchester Arena bombing which killed 23 people in May 2017.

"I wounder (sic) 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," read the initial post.

It was followed by:"Bomb bomb fratton park went bang the Portsmouth fans all died Haha going to be fun tomorrow headline news."

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The threats have been reported to the police, who are investigating the matter ahead of the sold-out Sky Bet League One play-off semi-final second leg at Fratton Park.

The Twitter account has since been suspended.

Portsmouth were soon made aware of the posts, and are working with Hampshire Constabulary

"Portsmouth Football Club are aware of a message that has been posted on social media and are working with police on this matter.

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"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 (7.45pm kick-off).

"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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Portsmouth said they were aware of the posts and working with Hampshire Constabulary

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Date:May 16, 2019
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