Foot­ball fans in trou­ble with trans­port po­lice

Abuse and threats to fel­low pas­sen­gers

Hinckley Times - - NEWS - DAVID DUBAS-FISHER hinck­ley­times@reach­plc.com

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.

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