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If a lot of these incidents happened in the vicinity of the stadium surely they must have plenty of cctv footage to identify the culprits. Maybe we ought to start a campaign to get Leeds fans banned from away games, I''m sure they behave in the same manner whereever they go and plenty of other clubs fans would be glad to never see them in their town again. Imagine the chaos they cause when they go to a small place like Yeovil or Exeter, I''d imagine they take over totally as there are hardly any locals around.

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I had a couple of pints in Old Orleans before the game, and there were quite a few Leeds fans in there. TBH it was fairly good natured, but a bit irritating with their WACCOE song going on and on. I had a chat to one of their guys at the bar and he was a decent chap, no bother at all. I play footy with a couple of guys who work at the club, and the announcement in the away section was that Leeds fans were being kept back after the final whistle "for their own safety". As another poster has said, I believe they forced their way out of the ground, there just wasn''t enough of a police presence to stop them.

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having read all the posts on here, and there are a lot, all I can say is football fans don''t attack football fans. yobs attack yobs!it worries me that this can happen in the modern era, and upsets me to think my baby boy could grow up to be that 4 year old in dereham, too upset to go to a norwich game. I am writing to the FA, whatever good that will do just make that point.we''re all fans on here, and we know whats right and whats wrong, and hopefully the beautiful game will one day be just that.on the ball city

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To add to this post, I got an un-provoked headbutt near the train station after the game. No chanting, or intimidation, no yob like behaviour, just on phone sending message. The guy was with a large group who scarpered straight away.

Leeds Utd fans are the most hated fans in the world for a reason.

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[quote user="Beds Canary"]The fact that Norfolk Police are congratulating themselves on a job well done is truly astonishing.

In 20 years+ of watching Norwich, that was probably the worst Policing I''ve seen at a football match. On the short journey back from the Snakepit to where my car was parked in Lower Clarence Road, I saw probably four or five incidents of Leeds fans abusing and trying to kick off trouble with Norwich fans, and, at most, seven or eight police officers, all of which were stood oblivious, and facing in the general direction of the Hotel.

Then in the car park there were a couple of Police stood by the gate, but none inside the actual car park where I saw five Leeds ''fans'' gesture, then punch and kick a ladies car as she was getting in. It wasn''t provoded - she just climbed in as quickly as she could and locked the doors.

The policing was an absolute shambles.
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I would have expected some comment from NCISA chairman on the shambolic policing that put people at risk on Saturday. So what do you have to say on the matter Mr. Tilson?

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Go to your local nick and report any incident you witnessed or were involved in. A headbutt is an assualt.

Yes, I did do just that ealier todays. Took a bit of persuasion and kept in to the absolute minimum. The desk lady wasn''t too pleased, someone else had been in just after nine that morning.

Will it catch the culprits ? Most likely not.

Does it show up on police figures ?Absolutely.

The next meeting of the police authority will have the number of incidents logged. Won''t look to helpful if the senior plod is claiming it all passed off ok but the recorded incidents show different.

If we let this one pass then we have no right to complain next season. Neither will we get increased police action either.

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Reading peoples experiences Saturday truly worries me and for that silly plod has the gall to say it went off peacefully and they done a good job! I suggest the read this thread!!

Innocent people being headbutted and children being goaded is plain wrong and im not ashamed to say it but if me and my son had witnessed i think you''d of seen a 30 year old Arthur having it in the street with these bullies.

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some unfortunate but not unexpected incidents reported on here. For myself I parked on Lower Clarence Rd, and the only thing I saw walking down to the ground was a group of mouthy Leeds fans chanting, followed by a group of equally mouthy Norwich fans chanting back at them. Looked laughable at that stage. It would be fair to say that the atmosphere was a little tense though! When we scored it was always going to be a little "difficult" after, given the nature of the morons who follow the team we were playing. After we scored you could see the Leeds "fans" massing towards the exit gangway, and I guessed what they were up to, given the previous announcment that they would be kept in. No doubt so many of the Leeds fans were trying to force their way out that the ground staff had to open the gates to stop people from getting crushed. What should have happened is there should have been a lot more police on duty, and they could then have cordoned the Leeds fans off, and given them a police escort back to the coaches/station.

I left the ground and was suprised at how few police were there, although 2 or 3 had dogs with them which I haven''t seen for a while. I overhead a senior police officer saying that the Leeds fans were coming out, and to keep the fans seperate, his 3 colleagues just gave him a look of disbelief, ie "how the hell do we do that then?" From outside the ground until the Lower Clarence car park I did not see one copper, we were left to fend for ourselves, although all I witnessed was verbal exchanges on both sides, due to being ahead of the majority of Leeds fans I think. There were a group of police congregated at the gates of the coach park, a great help. To praise the police operation is a joke, the starting point should have been the same level of policing as for Ipswich, and then add 50%, given the significance of the game, and the idiots were were playing against.But who''s to blame for the lack of police, Norfolk Constabulary or the Club?

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I would have expected some comment from NCISA chairman on the shambolic policing that put people at risk on Saturday. So what do you have to say on the matter Mr. Tilson?

I agree rock the boat

Maybe its old pals and all that, doesn''t want to upset the wrong people you know how it goes

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On returning to work today, I discovered a disabled child was attacked on Saturday. He was with his family and Leeds fans got out of a car to attack them. This is all rather grim, but I think anyone who has bothered to post on this thread should be writing/emailing/phoning the police. I made a complaint yesterday to Norfolk Constabulary, and forwarded this to NCFC, LUFC and Archant. So far Leeds have replied informing me they have passed my message onto the Safety Officer and Chief Executive. My handwritten, grovelling apology from Ken Bates himself may be some way off. But, I genuinely feel better having acted. I urge anyone who got into even the slightest bother on Saturday to do the same.

We Only Hate Leeds and Ipswich, Hate Leeds and Ipswich, We Only Hate Leeds and Ipswich....

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[quote user="Fuglestad"]On returning to work today, I discovered a disabled child was attacked on Saturday. He was with his family and Leeds fans got out of a car to attack them. This is all rather grim, but I think anyone who has bothered to post on this thread should be writing/emailing/phoning the police. I made a complaint yesterday to Norfolk Constabulary, and forwarded this to NCFC, LUFC and Archant. So far Leeds have replied informing me they have passed my message onto the Safety Officer and Chief Executive. My handwritten, grovelling apology from Ken Bates himself may be some way off. But, I genuinely feel better having acted. I urge anyone who got into even the slightest bother on Saturday to do the same.

We Only Hate Leeds and Ipswich, Hate Leeds and Ipswich, We Only Hate Leeds and Ipswich....[/quote]I will be popping in to Bethel Street nick tomorrow to follow up about pressing charges on the muppet who twonked me one.If you want to give me the email addresses of those you contacted then feel free and I shall do my best to put a few lines together.

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luckey i didn''t see any trouble, apart from a bit of a fight in wetherspoons.. got there about 12 atmosphere was great went to ground about 2.30 to get new shirt,  stayed about 5 mins after game to see other results then went to get the train... police where running out of the station as we got on the train... maybe trouble then

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Isn''t it time we put this to bed?

It''s only 2 years since ''safe'' Norwich kicked off at Leicester - for no good reason.

http://neighbourhoodwatchleicester.net/NHW/index.php?view=article&catid=34%3Aleicester-city&id=1984%3Amen-sentenced-for-football-related-violence&tmpl=component&print=1&page=&option=com_content&Itemid=53

We spend weeks on here geeing it up, then rub their noses in it and get upset when they kick off - with their reputation what did we expect? I''m sorry anyone got someting they didn''t bargain for on Saturday but this is going to take the edge off the result and the occasion''

 

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Do you not know the difference between 2 gangs wanting to have a go at each other and people bullying women, children and family''s and picking on Individuals minding there own business, and top it all norfolk police wanting to blow smoke up their own backsides telling the press what a great job they did

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[quote user="yellowngreen"]Heresyourfathersgun

Do you not know the difference between 2 gangs wanting to have a go at each other and people bullying women, children and family''s and picking on Individuals minding there own business, and top it all norfolk police wanting to blow smoke up their own backsides telling the press what a great job they did[/quote]Well said yellowngreen... I suppose some people think that this guy had every right to hit me because I am a fan who enjoys friendly banter and I have a skinhead, look like I can probably handle myself and wear gear that is cool?The guy who done it was abusing several Norwich fans of all ages and had already missed connecting with a punch he threw at my brother before he got told to wind his kneck in prior to and after landing his best shot on me.He was a grade ''A'' idiot and I will have no problem in telling him this again in or out or the courtroom.The Leicester police threw the book at the Norwich fans who were involved there that day and even had a big helping hand of Norfolk''s finest in doing so.  Our police seemed content to sit back and witness many fans who were there to simply watch the football abused on Saturday though.  What the reasons for this were we will never know (either down to the club refusing to pay for enough police presence on the day, our police fearing facing up to the the infamous Leeds fans themselves and having a stand back and view policy, or more than likely a mixture of the two), but you can bet your bottom dollar that if I had of landed the idiot that hit me one back then the police would of been in there like a shot and the pair of us would of been spending the afternoon in Bethel Street cells.

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[quote user="Smudger"] ...either down to the club refusing to pay for enough police presence on the day...[/quote]

Clubs currently have to pay back only the costs incurred inside their ground or on their property, with the rest coming from police budgets.

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" We spend weeks on here geeing it up, then rub their noses in it and get upset when they kick off - with their reputation what did we expect? I''m sorry anyone got someting they didn''t bargain for on Saturday but this is going to take the edge off the result and the occasion'' "

What an absolute pile of bollox ! Many games involving banter and geeing up without this level of violence.

How was anyone rubbing anyone''s noses in it BEFORE the game ?

If they had this reputation that why were we mere fans supposed to ''expect it'' but the police were not? If we were to ''expect it'' then what action did we not take and so left ourselves open to these attacks ? Did we bring it onto ourselves then ?

"I''m afraid m''lud the victims were asking for it. Dressing as a child, a disabled person or as anyone else who might be deemed vunerable is an action certain to seen as provocative to many adult nales "

Those who have bothered to read the other threads will know the complaints are as much directed against the police as they are against the actions of the scum from Yorkshire.

Whereas your complaint is that anyone commenting on children being assualted is distracting from our success. Censorship restricts me from writing what I think of that ... or you.

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I knew if I stayed on here long enough I would find something to agree about with Smudger. The Police on Saturday were, in my view, an absolute disgrace. They appeared to adopt a couldn''t care less, it''s nothing to do with us attitude. I suspect the relationship with the Club is not good and, with the continued emphasis on cutting costs, I would imagine the Club paid for the least number of Police they could get away with. If this is the case, it continues the apparent lack of interest in customer/spectator safety from all sides. Compare the numbers with those seen at recent Ipswich games. This I am attempting to do having sent off a number of questions today to Supt Smerdon under the Freedom of Information Act.

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" I would imagine the Club paid for the least number of Police they could get away with"

eh ! ! !

It''s always the police who decides how games are policed and therefore how many police are on duty, where they are and how the crowd is policed.

I suspect that they took the option that they could not police this as they may have origianlly wanted so took the option of keeping the trouble to what they would consider the minimum by not inciting further disturbance through mass arrests.

Fine, on the afternoon that could have been the safest position to take given how things were.

However thios WAS NOT an action that got out of control. The reputation of Leeds fans should had the police prepared in advance. Even if the violence BEFORE the game might have caught them on the hop they had nearly two hours during the game to call up reinforcements to adequately deal with the Leeds fans. Not only make fans safe but also to feel safe.

This they failed on both counts.

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[quote user="Smudger"][quote user="Fuglestad"]On returning to work today, I discovered a disabled child was attacked on Saturday. He was with his family and Leeds fans got out of a car to attack them.

This is all rather grim, but I think anyone who has bothered to post on this thread should be writing/emailing/phoning the police.

I made a complaint yesterday to Norfolk Constabulary, and forwarded this to NCFC, LUFC and Archant. So far Leeds have replied informing me they have passed my message onto the Safety Officer and Chief Executive.

My handwritten, grovelling apology from Ken Bates himself may be some way off. But, I genuinely feel better having acted. I urge anyone who got into even the slightest bother on Saturday to do the same.




We Only Hate Leeds and Ipswich, Hate Leeds and Ipswich, We Only Hate Leeds and Ipswich....
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I will be popping in to Bethel Street nick tomorrow to follow up about pressing charges on the muppet who twonked me one.

If you want to give me the email addresses of those you contacted then feel free and I shall do my best to put a few lines together.
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Yes Fugle I would like you to print those email addresses to. This was different to anything I had seen before. I know how to avoid trouble, however with my young son with me I never usually have any problems home or away. There were so many instances of kids, ladies, disabled and vunlerable being targeted that you can only assume this was a planned target to try and provoke a major incident. The last thing our club or football in general needs is the kids to stop coming to games put off by scum like this 

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[quote user="City1st"]" I would imagine the Club paid for the least number of Police they could get away with" eh ! ! ! It''s always the police who decides how games are policed and therefore how many police are on duty, where they are and how the crowd is policed. I suspect that they took the option that they could not police this as they may have origianlly wanted so took the option of keeping the trouble to what they would consider the minimum by not inciting further disturbance through mass arrests. Fine, on the afternoon that could have been the safest position to take given how things were. However thios WAS NOT an action that got out of control. The reputation of Leeds fans should had the police prepared in advance. Even if the violence BEFORE the game might have caught them on the hop they had nearly two hours during the game to call up reinforcements to adequately deal with the Leeds fans. Not only make fans safe but also to feel safe. This they failed on both counts.[/quote]

Are you sure about this? I am not convinced it is as black and white as that. There is clearly some tension in the relationship between the Police and the Club. I agree, the attitude from the Police seemed to be to do as little as possible and not get involved. To read "on top of the situation" comments merely adds insult to injury. 

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[quote user="Smudger"][quote user="yellowngreen"]Heresyourfathersgun Do you not know the difference between 2 gangs wanting to have a go at each other and people bullying women, children and family''s and picking on Individuals minding there own business, and top it all norfolk police wanting to blow smoke up their own backsides telling the press what a great job they did[/quote]

Well said yellowngreen... I suppose some people think that this guy had every right to hit me because I am a fan who enjoys friendly banter and I have a skinhead, look like I can probably handle myself and wear gear that is cool?

The guy who done it was abusing several Norwich fans of all ages and had already missed connecting with a punch he threw at my brother before he got told to wind his kneck in prior to and after landing his best shot on me.

He was a grade ''A'' idiot and I will have no problem in telling him this again in or out or the courtroom.

The Leicester police threw the book at the Norwich fans who were involved there that day and even had a big helping hand of Norfolk''s finest in doing so.  Our police seemed content to sit back and witness many fans who were there to simply watch the football abused on Saturday though.  What the reasons for this were we will never know (either down to the club refusing to pay for enough police presence on the day, our police fearing facing up to the the infamous Leeds fans themselves and having a stand back and view policy, or more than likely a mixture of the two), but you can bet your bottom dollar that if I had of landed the idiot that hit me one back then the police would of been in there like a shot and the pair of us would of been spending the afternoon in Bethel Street cells.
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I`ve got the impression on quite a few occasions that in volatile situations the police will basically bottle it and go for the path of least resistance, ie. if, say, 5 are attacked by 20, they will round up the 5 and arrest any who retaliated and the 20 will trot off scot-free.  So if you and your brother were outnumbered by the Leeds, you are probably right that had you retaliated you would have become easy targets for the police and would probably now be in big trouble.

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[quote user="City1st"]" I would imagine the Club paid for the least number of Police they could get away with" eh ! ! ! It''s always the police who decides how games are policed and therefore how many police are on duty, where they are and how the crowd is policed. I suspect that they took the option that they could not police this as they may have origianlly wanted so took the option of keeping the trouble to what they would consider the minimum by not inciting further disturbance through mass arrests. Fine, on the afternoon that could have been the safest position to take given how things were. However thios WAS NOT an action that got out of control. The reputation of Leeds fans should had the police prepared in advance. Even if the violence BEFORE the game might have caught them on the hop they had nearly two hours during the game to call up reinforcements to adequately deal with the Leeds fans. Not only make fans safe but also to feel safe. This they failed on both counts.[/quote]

Are you sure about this? I am not convinced it is as black and white as that. There is clearly some tension in the relationship between the Police and the Club. I agree, the attitude from the Police seemed to be to do as little as possible and not get involved. To read "on top of the situation" comments merely adds insult to injury. 

[/quote]I am sure that you will find some conflicting information to what  City1st states if you look in to what was said after the trouble at the West Ham v Millwall League Cup clash.I am not sure exactly how much the club is responsible for covering policing costs but I do think that they have a part to play in covering the costs both inside and outside of the ground.  For instance if they wished to bring horses in then I believe those costs would be down to the club - especially in an area like Norwich.  Is City1st trying to tell us that Norfolk tax payers money went to having all of the Met Police horses down here during the Chase Out years?I am sure that the police are required to give a certain minimum level of presence at games and are briefed somehow as to whether more officers should be implemented.  There is then a decsion made on whether any special service type officers such as the territorials who are all armoured and covered up so that you can''t identify them are required.  They have had these types of police officers when we have visited Portman Road before but I have never seen them in Norfolk.  The club is responsible for funding these extra costs as far as I am aware and when it comes to innocent people of all ages being abused in the street and their only protection coming from other City fans who are prepared to stand their ground then whoever is responsible needs to be asking themselves whether enough was done on Saturday.The police seemed more content on ensuring nobody from Norwich (ie - the known few in the City) did not step out of line rather than ensuring that those (many of whom who did not have tickets) from Leeds behaved themselves.  Evidence for this could be seen early doors from the large police presence outside of Rocco''s to the comparitively small police presence outside of The Compleat Angler and down by the station.  Also a large line of police blocking off access to Riverside but allowing both sets of fans to mix freely across by Morrisons and all around the ground.

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I really am shocked that three days after the unruly events at Carrow Road where many old people, disabled and children were attacked and abused by the Leeds fans, we haven''t had a squeak out of NCISA in the form of John Tilson.

Is not the police complacancy a matter that concerns NSISA, or is it as another poster suggested, that ex-PC Tilson puts his mates first.

I''d have thought that this is exactly the kind of issue, fans safety, that would be at the forefront of NCISA''s priorities. Their silence tells us another story, in my opinion.

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[quote user="Smudger"] I have a skinhead, look like I can probably handle myself and wear gear that is cool?[/quote]Someone thinks a lot of themselves... [;)]Surprised Archant haven''t jumped on this one, tbh (the Leeds story, not Smudger''s cool kecks).  Aren''t they supposed to be the newspaper with teeth, asking the questions that we mere mortals cannot? Nope? Okay, don''t worry, here''s comes a PA story for us to fill a few inches...

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Isn''t there someone from the newspaper on the Club Board ? Some may think "conflict of interest". Others may say "that''s why he''s there". But not me, I hasten to add.

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It serves no one to highlight hooligan issues. We all know it goes on but would just rather pretend it doesn''t.

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[quote user="Smudger"][quote user="Webbo118"]

[quote user="City1st"]" I would imagine the Club paid for the least number of Police they could get away with" eh ! ! ! It''s always the police who decides how games are policed and therefore how many police are on duty, where they are and how the crowd is policed. I suspect that they took the option that they could not police this as they may have origianlly wanted so took the option of keeping the trouble to what they would consider the minimum by not inciting further disturbance through mass arrests. Fine, on the afternoon that could have been the safest position to take given how things were. However thios WAS NOT an action that got out of control. The reputation of Leeds fans should had the police prepared in advance. Even if the violence BEFORE the game might have caught them on the hop they had nearly two hours during the game to call up reinforcements to adequately deal with the Leeds fans. Not only make fans safe but also to feel safe. This they failed on both counts.[/quote]

Are you sure about this? I am not convinced it is as black and white as that. There is clearly some tension in the relationship between the Police and the Club. I agree, the attitude from the Police seemed to be to do as little as possible and not get involved. To read "on top of the situation" comments merely adds insult to injury. 

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I am sure that you will find some conflicting information to what  City1st states if you look in to what was said after the trouble at the West Ham v Millwall League Cup clash.

I am not sure exactly how much the club is responsible for covering policing costs but I do think that they have a part to play in covering the costs both inside and outside of the ground.  For instance if they wished to bring horses in then I believe those costs would be down to the club - especially in an area like Norwich.  Is City1st trying to tell us that Norfolk tax payers money went to having all of the Met Police horses down here during the Chase Out years?

I am sure that the police are required to give a certain minimum level of presence at games and are briefed somehow as to whether more officers should be implemented.  There is then a decsion made on whether any special service type officers such as the territorials who are all armoured and covered up so that you can''t identify them are required.  They have had these types of police officers when we have visited Portman Road before but I have never seen them in Norfolk.  The club is responsible for funding these extra costs as far as I am aware and when it comes to innocent people of all ages being abused in the street and their only protection coming from other City fans who are prepared to stand their ground then whoever is responsible needs to be asking themselves whether enough was done on Saturday.

The police seemed more content on ensuring nobody from Norwich (ie - the known few in the City) did not step out of line rather than ensuring that those (many of whom who did not have tickets) from Leeds behaved themselves.  Evidence for this could be seen early doors from the large police presence outside of Rocco''s to the comparitively small police presence outside of The Compleat Angler and down by the station.  Also a large line of police blocking off access to Riverside but allowing both sets of fans to mix freely across by Morrisons and all around the ground.
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Worryingly, I find myself agreeing yet again. I think, on some occasions, the minimum level of presence is regarded as "nil". How many police do we estimate being on duty at the Stockport game? I think the procedure is someting along the lines of the Club saying we need "x" for whatever game and the Police either saying "yes" or "we think "y" is appropriate". I have already posted elsewhere that, initially, the Club did not want any Police presence for the Millwall game. They were, however, forced into having it.

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I really am shocked that three days after the unruly events at Carrow Road where many old people, disabled and children were attacked and abused by the Leeds fans, we haven''t had a squeak out of NCISA in the form of John Tilson.

Is not the police complacancy a matter that concerns NSISA, or is it as another poster suggested, that ex-PC Tilson puts his mates first.

I''d have thought that this is exactly the kind of issue, fans safety, that would be at the forefront of NCISA''s priorities. Their silence tells us another story, in my opinion.

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The first point i will make absolutely clear is that THIS POST IS NOT A NCISA STATEMENT but a post from me as a messageboard contributor.

I have read every single post and every single thread concerning the events of Saturday and it is silly to suggest that the issues raised will be ignored or glossed over by NCISA but in order for it to be progressed factual evidence must be provided.To date we have not received any phone calls or e-mails from fans directly involved in incidents that took place especially the intimidation outlined on here after the game.It must be obvious that NCISA cannot proceed with messageboard posts many of which contain third hand hearsay information.I ask that those who wish NCISA to approach the Norfolk Constabulary on their behalf contact me at J.TILSON@SKY.COM with their complaints.

I have spoken to PC Andy King yesterday for his initial take on events and made him aware of the posts and threads on the Pink Un and will be speaking to him again tomorrow.I did say that i expect the Police will receive a number of complaints over the next few days from innocent bystanders going to and especially from the game.What he did say was that the more colourful stories doing the rounds involving stabbings and damage at the ground by Leeds fans was well wide of the mark.

I hope this shows that NCISA is and will continue to liase with the Police and fans over this episode.

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