Railway thugs attack dejected Rovers fans

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Soccer thugs added injury to insult for a group of Doncaster Rovers fans travelling home from their team’s 5-2 defeat by Leeds United.

Four Doncaster supporters were attacked by a group of Elland Road fans on a train from Leeds at about 7.25pm on Saturday, March 5.

British Transport Police investigators are appealing for information about the attack, which terrified other passengers.

Det Con Gary Heseltine said the four Doncaster fans were approached by a group of Leeds supporters, one of whom became abusive and started an altercation.

“One of the victims was pushed to the ground and kicked repeatedly by the group.

“They then launched an attack on the other three, causing fear among other passengers in the carriage.

“The victims managed to escape the violence and left the service at Outwood station, the next stop, fearing for their safety.”

The victims were left with cuts and bruises to their face.

DC Heseltine said: “The vicious attack lasted several minutes and must have been frightening for other passengers on board the busy service.

“No-one should be subjected to such violence while trying to make their way home.”

“This kind of unprovoked attack is totally unacceptable on the railway and it is essential that these offenders are traced and brought to justice.”

Anyone with information should contact BTP on 0800 405040 quoting background reference B5/NEA of 23/03/2011.