Ever since Premier League sides stopped rolling over for Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea team, parking the bus had been considered to be disappointing tactics for a team to employ – but it doesn’t usually invoke a financial penalty.
That’s all changed now after Portsmouth charged opponents Carlisle £20 to park their coach during Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Fratton Park.
A Pompey spokesman said it was the first time their opponents had been charged for parking and that the decision was out of their hands because the land belonged to administrators acting on behalf of former owner Alexandre Gaydamak.
The spokesman said: “The situation is completely out of our control.”
Carlisle manager Greg Abbott said: “It is a sob story for Portsmouth and they are playing in sort of emotion country at the moment.”