Another away day sell out, fourth in a row to be exact for the travelling Blues fans. The last time such good support was present by the Birmingham City faithful in the Capital was against Fulham in November, however this fixture was one to forget, not just because of the result.
3,228 away fans is a lot for any club in this Championship, however not all of them got into the gates before kick off. In fact, some even described it as ‘another Hillsborough disaster waiting to happen’. You may have read from reports that a couple of ‘drunk Blues fans’ were to blame for hundreds of fans not being able to gain entry into the stand on a narrow side street.
That news was overshadowed by the ‘Blues hooligans’ that were throwing missiles (coins) at the QPR fans in the adjacent stand. Not only that but the day was summed up by a QPR fan confronting the Blues end with a Blues fan feeling it was best to leave him on his arse (below).
We are not saying that was acceptable behaviour and it shouldn’t be addressed, but what should also be addressed is the dangerous organisation and events that took place outside the ground before kick off. Many fans were left in shock after with one report saying a crying child had to be lifted over shoulders to avoid the mess.
The Football League, police and no doubt both clubs will be looking into what happened, but how much is to be investigated about the events that took place outside Loftus Road remains to be seen. If they are true, questions need to be asked. You can read the Met police statement here, although there is no mention of what happened outside the away stand.
There is an away fans survey provided by The Football Supporters Federation (FSF) to see how away fans are treated, filling this form out could allow them to help Blues fans get answers.
As part of Blues Collective we will be more than welcome to put forward any issues or points that you would like to raise – you can contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope the Collective directly raise any concerns, along with Blues Trust who have already said they will be looking into it:
— Blues Trust (@bluestrust) 29 February 2016
You can read into more detail about what happened on Saturday here, as told by Johnny Borell who was at the game.
To contact QPR directly to complain please email their Supporter Liaision Officer Andy Rees at email@example.com
To make a complaint about the Metropolitan Police please follow this link https://secure.met.police.uk/complaints/