Two builders have been sacked after a ‘Portsmouth shirt in Southampton training ground wall’ YouTube video surfaced, albeit briefly, appearing to show the pair placing the merchandise within.
The video pans across the playing area at Staplewood, before turning to see where the building action is going on.
As the contruction workers give a running commentary, it becomes clear that a Portsmouth scarf and shirt are about to be sealed within a wall just off the balcony area beside the pitch.
One joker covers the Pompey memorabilia with insulation and gives a thumbs-up sign to the camera.
Angry Saints fans branded the workers “unprofessional”, but others saw the stunt as a light-hearted prank.
Watch the ‘Portsmouth shirt in Southampton training ground wall’ video below:
The pair were working for a sub-contractor of Leadbitter Group at the time.
David Cook, regional director at Leadbitter, told The Sun:
These builders were not direct employees of Leadbitter. They were employed by our dry-lining sub-contractor.
We understand they have been disciplined by their employer and basically sacked.
It is not something we condone and do not agree with their behaviour at all.