Football summit

Football summit

Passengers and staff say culture of thuggish behaviour whilst travelling is a national disgrace

Published: 20 April 2015

Football summit

A summit which brought together football clubs, authorities, campaign organisations, media and train companies to consider the behaviour of travelling football fans has concluded that we have a culture of pervasive tolerance of thuggish behaviour which needs to be tackled.

The summit, hosted by British Transport Police Chief Constable Paul Crowther, heard from members of the public and rail staff who have experienced the intimidating and frightening behaviour of fans whilst travelling on the trains. Guests in attendance included Metropolitan Police Service Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe.

Paul Crowther said: “Listening to the experiences of passengers and staff, what is clear is that, as a society we have, unfortunately, become too tolerant of this type of casual yobbish behaviour. In the confines of a train carriage, ordinary rail passengers and staff find themselves subjected to the chanting, foul language and poor behaviour of so-called fans, as they anxiously wait to see if it spills over into actual violence.

“I don’t believe we should just ignore it or accept it – and today’s meeting is a starting point to changing that acceptance.”

Full details can be found in our press release.



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