Football fans in trouble with transport police
Abuse and threats to fellow passengers
HOMOPHOBIC abuse, threatening passengers and physical assaults are among the eight incidents involving Leicester City fans that were recorded by the British Transport Police last season.
Every year, tens of thousands of Foxes fans travel up and down the country to follow their club without any trouble.
However, that seems to be too much to ask for some supporters - whose transgressions on the transport network have been laid bare by a Freedom of Information request by the Mercury.
A total of eight incidents were recorded in 2017-18 by the British Transport Police (BTP) that involved Leicester fans in some way.
Two incidents involved fans in physical altercations. On August 28 it was reported that Leicester fans were pushing and shoving passengers on a train.
Two fans were reported to be fighting on a train on March 10 according to the BTP’s data.
An incident logged on January 13 allegedly involved 40 Leicester City fans being abusive and threatening towards other passengers.
Homophobic comments were also reportedly used.
There was also an incident in the BTP’s logs where 100 Foxes supporters were allegedly jumping around on a train with one individual smashing a light, sending glass fragments over other passengers.
Of course, Leicester supporters aren’t the only ones to be involved in unsavoury incidents on the train network.
The BTP recorded an incident where Oxford supporters “completely soaked the inside of two carriages full of urine” on January 13. That incident caused the train to be taken out of service.
On September 16, the BTP said, West Ham supporters were allegedly “chanting, swearing and making antisemitic comments.”
One report said a group of Grimsby Town supporters had harassed a woman by request- ing her phone number. They then “poured beer of the girl’s head and started touching her in a sexual way”, the report said.
Some fans have been involved in more incidents than others.
Rangers fans were involved in 46.
They are far ahead of the next club in the list, Leeds United, whose fans were identified as being involved in 26 incidents.
Manchester United came third with 21 followed by Celtic and Tottenham with 20 each.
However, the supported club couldn’t be identified in 119 of the incidents - and clearly some were much more serious than others.