Portsmouth icon 'Pompey John' Westwood has been banned for three matches after mooning and making lewd gestures towards Coventry City fans.
Westwood, whose full name is John Portsmouth Football Club Westwood, admitted receiving the suspension after a 2-0 home pre-season defeat to the Sky Blues last month. The hat-wearing, tattoo-covered super fan was filmed on video rubbing his bum with his fingers in front of the away supporters.
According to The News, Westwood started making rude gestures after being shifted by stewards towards the Milton End due to noise complaints from fellow fans – receiving verbal abuse from the travelling contingent.
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"I did those things at the game after extreme provocation," Mr Westwood told the newspaper. "With my profile, I’m having hundreds of them swearing at me and calling me a paedophile.
"I’m taking all this abuse, so I do some light-hearted banter back by doing a moon. It was done in humour, and my friends who have seen the video thought it was funny.
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"It was a kangaroo court," he continued, "It’s cancel culture. I feel sorry for the club because they’re under pressure to do something because of keyboard warriors and this political correctness-driven world.
"You won’t be able to fart in a ground soon without offend someone."
Mr Westwood, who also chanted "Pompey is a geezer's club" at the match against Coventry, accepted his ban, promised to keep singing Portsmouth songs, and "maybe some wokey PC ones" too.
Portsmouth fan and Her Game Too ambassador, Rebecca Elanor, said the clip of Mr Westwood rubbing his bottom was "disgusting" and "made her skin crawl."
She told The News: "We know when you go to a football game that it’s not the atmosphere of a theatre. Since it’s a pre-season friendly, you’ll have families bringing their kids, maybe for the first time.
"If i went to that game when I was first going to Pompey, as an 11-year-old with my dad, he would not have brought me back."
Mr Westwood's three-game ban will end today after Portsmouth take on Lincoln City in League One. He will be free to attend their next home fixture against Cambridge United on August 16.
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