Grimsby Town fans asked ‘to show bras’ to Stevenage security – BBC News

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Image caption Grimsby Town fans declared the searches were “a gross intrusion of personal privacy”

Female football fans were asked to reveal their bras to stewards throughout security searches, a fans’ group has actually stated.

Grimsby Town fan group the Mariners Trust made the claims in a letter to Stevenage FC after the 2 sides satisfied on Saturday. If they might feel them, #peeee

It stated some fans using underwired bras were likewise asked by stewards at the Lamex Stadium.

Stevenage FC stated it was “examining the matter” prior to making any additional remark.

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The club would not comment when asked by the BBC whether the searches were guideline or due to an increased security threat for that match.

‘Worst treatment’

The checks, performed by female stewards, however which the advocates’ trust stated were “completely view of male stewards, authorities and fans”, have actually been referred to as “a gross intrusion of personal privacy”.

The letter from the fans’ group declares stewards asked some female fans “if they might feel their bras” if they informed them their bras were underwired.

The group states kids as young as 5 went through complete body searches and fans had products that were not noted as being prohibited taken, such as “contact lens option, cough sugary foods and medication”.

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The letter likewise stated a female steward was published inside a male toilet, including: “The steward was asked to leave by Grimsby Town fans, however she declined regardless of the reality numerous male stewards and policemans were stood outside.”

Paul Savage, board member of the Mariners Trust, informed the BBC he had actually been amongst 800 advocates queuing to get in the ground.

He stated the lady who were asked by stewards to reveal their bras varied in age in between “mid-30s to 70-year-olds”. He included the females decreased the demand.

“They were all stunned and due to the fact that of the nature of the demand, they were shocked and till they entered the ground, they didn’t understand exactly what to state and do, “he stated.

“It was just later when we got word about exactly what had actually taken place that we attempted to take it even more.”

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The Mariners Trust explained the treatment of fans as “among the worst our fans have actually experienced in years of taking a trip throughout the world to enjoy football.”

The letter concludes by getting in touch with Stevenage FC to resolve the “major failings” as a “matter of seriousness … to make sure no other going to group’s advocates are dealt with as animals in the method your club did on Saturday”.

The English Football League stated it was examining the accusations.

Hertfordshire Police stated it had actually not been called by fans, however any problems would be would “completely examined”.

The force stated its officers were at the ground “due to intelligence concerning a previous video game in between Chesterfield and Grimsby Town, where there was public condition and members of the general public were hurt”.

It included none of its officers were associated with any of the searches “which were performed by stewards”.

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