'Shouldn't have given them any!': Sunderland fans react as Portsmouth handed minimum ticket allocation for play-off clash

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Sunderland have handed Portsmouth 2,000 tickets for the home leg of their play-off semi-final - and many fans have backed the decision.

Pompey brought over 3,200 fans to the Stadium of Light when the two sides met in the league, but have been handed a significantly reduced allocation for the play-off semi-final on Saturday, May 11th.

Sunderland fans have reacted to the club's Portsmouth ticket decision

Sunderland fans have reacted to the club's Portsmouth ticket decision

The Black Cats' 1-1 draw with Pompey last month was marred by an incident which followed the visitors' equaliser, when a pyrotechnic device appeared to be thrown from the away end into the home support.

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Travelling supporter Samuel Parrott, 18, of Norton Drive, Fareham, was subsequently charged with the throwing of missiles at a designated sporting event.

As a result of the incident, the Black Cats have handed Portsmouth an allocation of just 2,000 tickets for this weekend's play-off semi-final - the minimum amount that EFL rules dictate clubs must hand over.

And fans have responded to the decision and, while many praised the decision, some question whether Pompey would offer a similar allocation in return.

Here's what supporters said on our Sunderland Echo and Sunderland Echo SAFC Facebook pages:

Pat Ross said: "Portsmouth fans caused enough trouble two weeks ago to justify any more than the EFL rules allow."

Patrick Keating, a Portsmouth fan, argued: "We all want to watch the game same allocation don't let one person spoil it for the rest PUP"

Ross Muirhead posted: "Shouldn't have given them any tickets"

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Marc Hope commented: "No, why shouldn't they get to go cos one flare thing was thrown"

Paul Murphy added: "should have let them keep their usual away allocation, but have the fans patted down for flares, etc"

David Palls said: "That's a good idea to show them. But we need as many as we can down there backing up the lads. So if we do that they will I retaliate am just saying."

Sean Northage added: "Quite right too but feel they will be petty and do the same"

Roy Wilkinson commented: "I think they shouldn’t offer them anything after previous encounter behaviour"