Bra checks? Football fans are used to being treated like criminals | Amanda Jacks

22 August 2017 05:15
Invasive security measures at Stevenage FC aren’t surprising. Routine restrictions on fans would cause outrage if imposed on others in society• Amanda Jacks is the caseworker for the Football Supporters’ FederationThe treatment of female Grimsby Town supporters asked to show their bras at Stevenage FC’s turnstiles last weekend to check whether they were underwired or not, appalled male and female football fans across the country. Stevenage FC issued a defensive statement in response, effectively blaming the reputation of the entire away contingent of Grimsby Town fans for how they were searched and treated by their stewards.Although I’m shocked by “bra gate”, it’s hardly surprising. I’ve been the caseworker for the Football Supporters’ Federation for 10 years now and am all too aware of how poorly football fans can be treated. Related: Grimsby Town fans made to show bras to Stevenage stewards Related: Stop targeting football fans with ‘draconian laws’, says campaign group Continue readingreadfullarticle

Source: TheGuardian