Reading have condemned fans who appeared to set off a smoke bomb in a train carriage in a statement to Get Reading.
The Royals didn’t have a long trip this weekend as they made a short trip to Brentford, meaning that more fans than usual would be heading for an away day this time around. However just prior to the match, a video was shared on social media of Reading fans setting off a smoke bomb in the train on their way to London.
With this just happening a day after the attack on Parsons Green tube station, where an improvised bomb caused a fireball to cause injuries to 30 people and which only took place six miles away, many fans were angry with the actions and believed them irresponsible to such a thing when there is a heightened sense of security on the country’s public transport systems.
After yesterdays tube incident! Shows a great deal of maturity and responsibility, embarrassing!
— mick cox (@bcfccoxi) September 16, 2017
the club should ban them from away games embarrassing!
— Daniel (@DannySimmonds) September 17, 2017
@RFCdan Not a sensible thing to do after yesterday.
— Gary Chapman (@Gazby77) September 16, 2017
And the club themselves were not happy with the actions of a minority of their fans, saying in a statement: “Reading Football Club wholeheartedly condemns the dangerous and extremely irresponsible behaviour seemingly displayed by an individual or individuals whilst travelling on a train to watch us play Brentford on Saturday afternoon.”
“Behaviour of this nature is entirely unacceptable.”
“As a club we actively assisted the relevant local authorities with an investigation into the incident yesterday and we openly appeal to our fans to report any information which may assist in the identification of those responsible to the British Transport Police.”
“We also acknowledge that the vast majority of the 1,650 away fans behaved impeccably in backing the team from the first whistle to the last at Griffin Park and should be commended for their superb support.”
Anyone who has any information on the incident can contact British Transport Police on 0800 405 040 or text them on 61016.