Watford FC fans escorted by police at QPR following 'problems' at previous fixture

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Watford FC fans were escorted to Queens Park Rangers’ Loftus Road Stadium on Monday because "risk supporters" had been identified and the police commander believed "disorder may occur between rival supporters".

Hornets fans were accompanied by police officers between Shepherds Bush tube station and the stadium before and after the game with QPR.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said there were no arrests of Watford supporters at the game, while five QPR fans were detained. However, a Hertfordshire Constabulary Twitter feed claimed one Hornets fan had been arrested.

He said: "Due to problems between both sets of supporters at the previous game in Watford, it was believed that risk supporters may attempt to engage in disorder if police resources were not deployed to look after them.

"The police resources deployed to this fixture were not excessive and were proportionate to the threat/risk of the operation. This was assessed as a medium risk fixture; therefore the number of resources reflected the risk."

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12:55pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Stewbyhorn1 says...

There's no problem with that as they're only trying to diffuse any possible flare ups, a man in his 30's spat at my 16 yr old at the game on Monday, the mans wife and mother laid into him and made him apologise, it's amazing how some grown up men behave when it's comes to football.
There's no problem with that as they're only trying to diffuse any possible flare ups, a man in his 30's spat at my 16 yr old at the game on Monday, the mans wife and mother laid into him and made him apologise, it's amazing how some grown up men behave when it's comes to football. Stewbyhorn1
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1:31pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Boosey says...

Stewbyhorn1 wrote:
There's no problem with that as they're only trying to diffuse any possible flare ups, a man in his 30's spat at my 16 yr old at the game on Monday, the mans wife and mother laid into him and made him apologise, it's amazing how some grown up men behave when it's comes to football.
Don't know how you restrained yourself, spitting is the lowest of the low.
[quote][p][bold]Stewbyhorn1[/bold] wrote: There's no problem with that as they're only trying to diffuse any possible flare ups, a man in his 30's spat at my 16 yr old at the game on Monday, the mans wife and mother laid into him and made him apologise, it's amazing how some grown up men behave when it's comes to football.[/p][/quote]Don't know how you restrained yourself, spitting is the lowest of the low. Boosey
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8:47pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Stewbyhorn1 says...

Boosey wrote:
Stewbyhorn1 wrote:
There's no problem with that as they're only trying to diffuse any possible flare ups, a man in his 30's spat at my 16 yr old at the game on Monday, the mans wife and mother laid into him and made him apologise, it's amazing how some grown up men behave when it's comes to football.
Don't know how you restrained yourself, spitting is the lowest of the low.
Believe me mate I did struggle but his missus laid into him before I had a chance! She ripped into him and saved him from a little man chat from me but then that would have made me as bad as him.
[quote][p][bold]Boosey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stewbyhorn1[/bold] wrote: There's no problem with that as they're only trying to diffuse any possible flare ups, a man in his 30's spat at my 16 yr old at the game on Monday, the mans wife and mother laid into him and made him apologise, it's amazing how some grown up men behave when it's comes to football.[/p][/quote]Don't know how you restrained yourself, spitting is the lowest of the low.[/p][/quote]Believe me mate I did struggle but his missus laid into him before I had a chance! She ripped into him and saved him from a little man chat from me but then that would have made me as bad as him. Stewbyhorn1
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9:33am Sat 26 Apr 14

Jonathan Winsky says...

I live in Wembley, and my initial plan to get to Loftus Road was to go from South Kenton to Shepherds Bush via Willesden Junction, then go one stop to White City on the Central line. However, when I saw on Twitter what was happening at Shepherds Bush, I changed by plans and got two buses to Hanger Lane and picked up the Central line from there. This indeed avoided getting involved with the searches and the marching.

I don’t know how the police differentiated between Watford fans, QPR fans or people who fit in neither category. I would have thought a few QPR fans use Overground or Southern services to Shepherds Bush, as I think they have many supporters who live in Hertfordshire.
I live in Wembley, and my initial plan to get to Loftus Road was to go from South Kenton to Shepherds Bush via Willesden Junction, then go one stop to White City on the Central line. However, when I saw on Twitter what was happening at Shepherds Bush, I changed by plans and got two buses to Hanger Lane and picked up the Central line from there. This indeed avoided getting involved with the searches and the marching. I don’t know how the police differentiated between Watford fans, QPR fans or people who fit in neither category. I would have thought a few QPR fans use Overground or Southern services to Shepherds Bush, as I think they have many supporters who live in Hertfordshire. Jonathan Winsky
  • Score: 3

9:35am Sat 26 Apr 14

LoveKeithDublin says...

Do police get paid more for working on a bank holiday? That might explain why so many of them were keen to attend!
Do police get paid more for working on a bank holiday? That might explain why so many of them were keen to attend! LoveKeithDublin
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