Football fans acting badly on the trains
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.