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Feeble response from train operator after discriminating against Newcastle fans

7 years ago

Newcastle fans travelling to London matches are regularly subjected to a policy of ‘dry trains’ when returning after the game to the north east.

However, on Saturday, East Coast Trains took the unusual step of also banning alcohol for all passengers on trains taking United supporters down to the match.

Prior to the match, the train company refused to justify why they weren’t adopting the same policy with Chelsea fans making their way to Sunderland on the same day.

Spokesman for East Coast – John Gelson, told the Northern Echo:

“There is no fixed policy regarding any club’s fixtures.

“We take into account past events around each sporting fixture and advice from the British Transport Police.”

Other examples…;

“Other examples of sporting events which have prompted us to introduce dry train restrictions include England v Scotland rugby internationals and race meetings at York and Doncaster.”

The train company’s response totally fails to answer the question. Yes they may instigate dry trains at times after the odd rugby match and race meeting but I’d like to know exactly when they have done this before such an event.

More to the point though, they chose not to answer why it was OK for Chelsea fans and not Newcastle’s?

Many United fans the dry trains were a police move to try and help prevent trouble between

Newcastle and West Ham fans. This follows trouble in Germany between the two sets of supporters pre-season in Germany but ironically it was the London club’s fans who were widely acknowledged to have instigated the problems at the friendly tournament. So Newcastle fans are punished again for something that wasn’t their doing.

Larger police presences than normal on Saturday at both West Ham’s ground and King’s Cross seem to back up that theory.


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