Foot­ball fans act­ing badly on the trains

Nottingham Post - - NEWS -

RACIAL and ho­mo­pho­bic abuse and at­tack on a home­less man are among seven in­ci­dents in­volv­ing Not­ting­ham For­est and Notts County fans that were recorded by Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice last sea­son.

Ev­ery year, tens of thou­sands of sup­port­ers 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 Post.

Four of the in­ci­dents recorded by Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice (BTP) in 2017-18 in­volved racial abuse. In one, on Au­gust, 4, For­est fans were said to be chant­ing racist abuse on a train.

On Au­gust 19, there was a sim­i­lar episode in­volv­ing Reds fans. When an­other pas­sen­ger asked them to stop, the fans started abus­ing them.

The BTP’S logs also sug­gest that Notts County fans were us­ing racist lan­guage in an in­ci­dent that took place on April 28.

On Fe­bru­ary 24, For­est fans were al­legedly “loudly be­ing ho­mo­pho­bic, racist and of­fen­sive to women” and on Jan­uary 27, they are al­leged to have been “gen­er­ally abu­sive to­wards pas­sen­gers and pick­ing on peo­ple”.

In an­other in­ci­dent, a group of For­est sup­port­ers said to have beaten up a home­less man.

Of course, For­est and County sup­port­ers aren’t the only ones to be in­volved in un­savoury in­ci­dents on the train net­work.

Ox­ford sup­port­ers “com­pletely soaked the in­side of two car­riages full of urine”.

And a group of Grimsby Town fans ha­rassed a woman by re­quest­ing her phone num­ber. They then “poured beer over [her] head and started touch­ing her in a sex­ual way”.

Glas­gow Rangers fans were the worst for trou­ble on the rail net­work, with 46 in­ci­dents re­ported to BTP. Leeds United were se­cond with 26.

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