OUT-OF-CONTROL Sunderland fans were arrested for a catalogue of shameful offences as they made their way back from London.
British Transport Police (BTP) today branded the behaviour of the small minority of fans as “totally unacceptable”.
The supporters were picked up and questioned as they made their way home from Saturday’s match against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.
* Assaulting a female train guard;
* A fan exposing himself in front of other passengers;
* Urinating in public at Darlington station;
* Shouting obscenities in front of travelling families.
Five fans were taken into custody, three slapped with fixed penalty notices and a further three reported for bad behaviour during the train journey.
Pc Wayne Mitchell, police football intelligence officer for BTP, said: “The behaviour of a small number of fans was a disgrace and totally unacceptable.”
“A number of the travelling public and rail staff both at the station and on the trains were subjected to bad language and behaviour and we simply will not tolerate it.
“Those who think they can behave in such a way, and ruin law-abiding supporters and members of the public days out in the process, should know that we are seeking football banning orders. Such behaviour is not welcome on the railways or at football matches.
“The vast majority of football supporters are well behaved genuine fans who enjoy supporting their team in good spirits.
“It is only the behaviour of a small minority who are intent on causing trouble.”
A total of 3,000 Sunderland fans travelled to the capital on Saturday for the match.
The disorder on the train led to a 52-year-old man being arrested for assaulting a female train guard at Kings Cross.
A 26-year-old male was also arrested at Peterborough station for sexual exposure. They have both been bailed pending further inquiries.
Three men, aged 43, 28 and 26, were given fixed penalty notices for disorderly conduct and behaviour, and for using foul language on the train.
Three men, aged 54, 48 and 24, were also reported for unacceptable behaviour, including urinating at Darlington Station and using abusive language.
Paul Weir, SAFC head of safety and security, said: “A small minority of fans however have behaved in a way that is totally unacceptable to our football club.
“Such behaviour will not be tolerated and we will work together with BTP to ensure appropriate action is taken.”