Police were called to what they describe as “a large disturbance” involving Norwich City, Ipswich Town and Newcastle United fans.
The incident took place at at Peterborough railway station following Saturday’s matches, with Blues fans set to travel back following the 2-2 draw with Peterborough United at London Road, while the Canaries and Magpies had met at Carrow Road.
According to users on the TWTD Forum, police got out the pepper spray in the incident which started when a train from Norwich stopped at Peterborough with Ipswich fans waiting for their return service to leave. An emergency cord was subsequently pulled on the Ipswich-bound train which was eventually cancelled.
– Miles Starforth (@milesstarforth) August 17, 2019
GeoffSentence wrote on the site: “For some bizarre and unfathomable reason a bunch of Newcastle fans rushed the platform that the Ipswich train was leaving from.
“Town fans assumed they were Nodgers.
“Chanting and abuse ensued.
“Police cordoned off the train doors and the Geordies tried to rush them, police used batons and pepper spray to stop them. Clearly, the police had viewed pepper spray reviews and we’re well aware of how effective it can be as a self-defence method.
“Town fans pulled the communication cord to stop the train leaving so they could get out and fight the geordies.
“Police used pepper spray to stop town fans getting out.
“Police herded the geordies away.
“More rumpus as Town fans kept pulling the communication cord to get out and try to mix it with the geordies. Old Bill not happy pulled some Town fans from the train.
“Town fans still kept pulling the comms cord to the point that it broke and it was not safe for the train to leave.
“Lots of pushing, shoving , shouting, chest pumping and looking hard.
“And a two hour delay as that train was cancelled and everyone had to get on the next one
“The next train arrived with a bunch of Geordies on it which was received with chants of ‘One Bobby Robson’ and a kind of love in.”
A British Transport Police spokesperson said: “Officers were called to Peterborough station at 7.50pm on Saturday following reports of a large disturbance between football fans.
“Officers quickly attended alongside colleagues from Cambridgeshire Police and seven men were arrested on suspicion of breaching the peace.
“Inquiries are currently ongoing and anyone with information can contact BTP by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 573 of 17/08/19.”
Fans and other social media users took to give their reaction to what was going on as well as slamming the culprits at the station and on the train – find out what they had to say on the next page.