Statement issued following incident on Paris Metro

Statement following Paris Metro incident

football policing

Chief Constable Paul Crowther said in response to the behaviour of the alleged Chelsea fans on the Paris Metro:  

“The majority of British travelling football fans cause no problems at all. Many thousands of supporters use the transport network without issue, and abide by the law.

“However, last’s night disgraceful behaviour on the Paris Metro is not an isolated incident. Every weekend, the travelling public, law-abiding supporters and rail staff are distressed by anti-social and intimidating behaviour from a minority determined to cause trouble.

“This season, our work with the rail industry has already made efforts to identify the small number of disruptive individuals that give clubs, and football generally, a bad name. Those that are considered too drunk will be refused access to train services. If they are anti-social, they will risk facing arrest and in addition, we will seek banning orders in all appropriate cases.

“I welcome the stance taken by Chelsea Football Club, but more must be done to clamp down on trouble-makers. I want to engage with the football authorities, the clubs and their supporters, the rail industry, other police forces, sponsors and the media to examine what we can do collectively to eliminate this disturbing behaviour that is blighting communities and those using the transport network.”

 

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