Families intimidated by drunken Blades fans

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I travelled with my wife and son to London from Nottingham last Sunday, the day of the FA Cup semi-final againt Hull City.

Unfortunately, we found ourselves in a compartment inhabited by drunken Blades fans.

Throughout the journey we were subjected to their full range of prejudices. Racism, homophobia, sexism, anti-semitism and disability were all covered in their chants with copious amounts of swearing.

The whole experience was incredibly intimidating and unpleasant for everyone apart from themselves.

There was no regard for the age of the rest of the passengers, the chants being delivered with full vigour even as children were walking along the aisle of the carriage. Ironically, I overheard a touching tale by one of them of a recent trip with his children to London.

I wonder how he would have felt if their journey was similarly disrupted by such appalling behaviour.

I hasten to add that I am a lifelong football fan from the North East and once lived directly opposite Bramall Lane.

No doubt if this letter is published then those concerned will see it as some sort of badge of honour.

If that is their reward for intimidating children, pensioners and the rest of us, then so be it.

Perhaps your readers and other Blade’s fans may have a view.

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