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Sheffield Wednesday fans spray train inspector with fire extinguisher

With the battle for survival in the Championship on a knife-edge, 7,000 Sheffield Wednesday fans made the trip to Ewood Park on Sunday, and were able to celebrate a 3-1 win.

That meant that the Yorkshire side pulled one point clear of the drop-zone, and with Rotherham already condemned to League One, Birmingham City joined Huddersfield in the two remaining relegation spots.

Yet that victory wasn't the only story of the day, as Northern Rail slammed fans behaviour on the way to the game.

Just after 10am, police received reports of anti-social behaviour on the platforms at Bolton station, including fire extinguishers being let off towards members of staff.

 

Sheffield Wednesday fans condemned by Northern Rail

“Northern works tirelessly with partners throughout the football season to ensure the vast majority of travelling fans can reach matches in timely fashion,” said a spokesman for the rail service.

“Unfortunately, there are a small number of those that always let down the majority.

“This type of behaviour causes disruption for everyone and we will work closely with British Transport Police to identify those responsible.”

An eyewitness confirmed that the train in question had been cancelled, but due to the time of the incident, fans who were present were still able to make their way to Ewood Park in time for kick-off.

“We got the train from Manchester Victoria to Blackburn and a young man threw a bottle out of the train window onto the platform at Bolton,” reported the eyewitness.

“A female worker then got on the train when the group of lads sprayed her with the fire extinguisher. They then they cancelled the train and told everyone to make their own way there.”

Sheffield Wednesday fans have already been in trouble this season

The news comes after Wednesday were placed under investigation when missiles were thrown towards Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier in a game at Hillsborough back in March.

“The Owls are extremely disappointed to report that once again, we are the subject of a further FA investigation, this time following Friday night’s Championship fixture against Leeds United,” read a statement from the club following that incident.

“FA investigations result in unnecessary costs, including the potential of significant financial sanctions that have to be absorbed by the club.

“Whilst it is acknowledged that only a minority of supporters choose to act in such an appalling manner, we ask the overwhelming majority and law-abiding members of the Sheffield Wednesday family to help weed out these individuals and uphold the good name of our club.”

Sheffield Wednesday face promotion chasing West Brom in their next fixture at Hillsbrough on Saturday.


Chloe Digby

An experienced freelance football writer, editor and podcaster, Chloe has worked for Forbes, the Guardian, the BBC, Mundial Magazine, FourFourTwo Magazine the iPaper, OneFootball, Tortoise Media and many more. Chloe has been a regular at Stockport County since 1995 and also follows Fiorentina. She is an expert on fan culture, having traveled all over England and Italy watching football.

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