Lincolnshire Echo Comment: Football 'fans' shame city of Lincoln
So-called football 'fans' shamed Lincoln on Saturday. Again.
Dozens of men – including some already banned from Sincil Bank – fought in the High Street before City's game against Luton. Families hid beneath tables and staff cowered behind the bar as chaos erupted at Ritz.
A woman was hit in the face with a glass as officers broke up the rival gangs.
And as the pictures linked to this article show, one supporter, Simon Chanter, had to be wrestled to the ground as he ran towards Imps manager David Holdsworth. He had already been thrown out of Sincil Bank but sneaked back in before his pathetic pitch invasion.
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This happened in front of hundreds of kids, many of whom were attending a City fixture for the first time following a successful community promotion by the Imps.
Just two months ago, City had to cancel a lucrative friendly against Leicester City because of the threat of violence. And the Echo has carried many reports on young hooligans who are banned from following Lincoln because of their continued violence or antisocial behaviour.
Will the kids return? Will their parents want to take them back to Sincil Bank?
For the sake of everyone who cares about the Imps – and about our city's reputation – if you know any of these louts, give their names to police.
They must be banned from football for good, so real fans can enjoy the game in peace.