Portsmouth League One rivals Plymouth suffer ‘mindless destruction’ to Home Park pitch from stolen tractor – casting doubt on Swansea and Bristol City friendlies
Pompey’s League One rivals are scheduled to host Swansea (July 12) and Bristol City (July 16).
However, the fixtures are now under threat following Saturday evening’s ‘mindless destruction’ to their Home Park playing surface.
Police are investigating after culprits broke through the ground’s perimeter fencing before taking a tractor from a storage garage.
According to a Pilgrims spokesman, the tractor’s ignition was started with tools before driven across a pitch under renovation ahead of the 2022-23 campaign.
‘This work comes at additional cost to the club, and places our grounds team under further pressure, with an already tight turnaround for scheduled pre-season matches.
‘The club will also be upscaling security at the stadium to ensure that this does not happen again. Of course, this adds further expense, deviating vital funds away from enhancing the stadium, squad, and match-day experience at Argyle.
‘It should go without saying, but any true supporter of Argyle would not engage in such mindless destruction.’
Police have collected fingerprints and gathered information, including CCTV footage.
Pompey will discover when they are next scheduled to travel to Home Park when the 2022-23 fixtures are released on Thursday, June 23.