Travelling Liverpool fans are among the best behaved in the country.
According to research by the British Transport Police last season (cited in Echo), our fans were responsible for just TWO of the 823 football fan-related incidents reported to the force.
Both incidents occurred on a train from Liverpool to London ahead of the League Cup final against Man City in February. One fan reportedly set off a flare while another was engaged in “rowdy behaviour”.
Fans of Leeds United, Rangers, Aston Villa, and Newcastle were the most ill-disciplined – though to be fair to the latter two, being involved in a nine-month long relegation battle must take its toll on supporters!
In a statement, the British Transport Police said the following:
“The vast majority of football fans who use the railways do so without causing any problems. We target the small minority who exhibit anti-social or criminal behaviour, so everyone can have a safe and pleasant journey.
“Like the fans, we are looking forward to the start of the new football season and will continue to work closely with clubs and fans to ensure anti-social behaviour and crime remains low.
“All crime and antisocial behaviour on the rail network will be taken seriously by BTP and we will always look to take robust action against those who harass, intimate or assault passengers and staff.”