According to a report on the BBC website, the parents of Swindon Town coach Ross Embleton were allegedly attacked after The Robins had lost a derby match against rivals Oxford United.

The alleged attack happened after Sunday’s 2-1 loss in a game that saw Oxford come back from a goal down and Swindon end the game with only 10 men after keeper Lawrence Vigouroux was sent off for the second tame against Oxford United this season, the red card later being rescinded.

According to the BBC report, the incident occurred after an argument at full time following the 2-1 loss with both of Embleton’s parents “struck” in the said altercation that “happened in front of Mr Embleton’s children.”

The incident, that hasn’t been reported to the police, is still being taken seriously with the BBC saying that any person/s identified as having been involved then “banning orders will be issued.”

Club boss Luke Williams said that whilst criticism was acceptable, and that he personally had no issue with fans making their feelings known to him, this is a step too far and far beyond the pale. Speaking further, Williams said: “But Ross’ family were both struck by fans physically which is not acceptable. Hitting people and attacking people’s family physically is criminal and that needs to stop.”

20th-placed Swindon face fellow strugglers in 22nd-place Bury on Saturday at Gigg Lane where a win for home side Bury coupled with a loss for Oldham could see the home side climb out of the relegation and dump Swindon into it.

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