Norwich fans make derby coin-throwing claims

NORWICH City football fans have claimed Ipswich supporters threw coins and spat at them during the East Anglian derby on Sunday.

NORWICH City football fans have claimed Ipswich supporters threw coins and spat at them during the East Anglian derby on Sunday.

Canaries' fan Matt Crowhurst, said one of the attacks was aimed at his 10-year-old daughter Rebecca while they waited to get out of the Portman Road ground, while other Norwich fans have said they too witnessed bad behaviour from the Tractor Boys.

Bosses at Ipswich Town Football Club claim they have had no reports of any problems, but at the match 12 Ipswich fans and one Norwich fan were ejected from the ground and following the game several were arrested including a 16-year-old boy and 61-year-old man.

Mr Crowhurst, a 35-year-old father of two, said he was “disgusted” by the attitude and behaviour of many Ipswich fans.

He said Ipswich supporters waited for Norwich fans, who were kept in the ground by police after the game, and started shouting abuse, throwing coins and spitting as the Norwich fans then made their way from the stadium.

The teacher, who lives in Three Score in Bowthorpe, said: “The Ipswich supporters spat at us and Rebecca was really scared. She had been loosely gripping my hand but then was holding it really tight because she was frightened.”

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Messages have since been posted by several fans on message boards, including one from a member called Ren, who stated: “There was a kid on my train back that must have been about 10 who had been hit by a coin thrown after the game.”

But Ipswich fans have today claimed Norwich supporters are not purely innocent.

An Ipswich fan, who did not want to be named, said: “Norwich fans on Sunday were not innocent and when we go to Carrow Road, they are far from angels to us.”

Suffolk Police said they only have one crime logged during the match when a seven-year-old boy was struck in the face by an object, but they said he was sitting in the North Stand which is for Ipswich supporters.

However, Suffolk Police spokeswoman Louise Rosher confirmed there had been several people arrested and charged for Section 5 Public Order offences which include threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour.

Aaron Osman, 25, of Wicklow Road, Ipswich, and David Osman, 35, of Riverside Road, Ipswich, are accused of public order breaches. Osman was also arrested for allegedly obstructing, or resisting, a police officer. The pair were apprehended inside the ground at 1.55pm.

Andrew Flory, 43, of Kerry Avenue, Ipswich, is accused of being drunk when entering a sports ground.

Thomas Baker, 22, of Beechcroft Road, Ipswich, will have to face South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court after being charged with a public order offence, following his arrest at 3.10pm in Princes Street.

And Thomas Pryke, 26, of La Salle Close, Ipswich, who was arrested in Portman Road at 2.50pm and the 16-year-old youth, who was arrested in Princes Street at 3.35pm, also face public order charges.

A spokesman for Norwich City Football Club said: “We've not received any formal complaints of coins being thrown following our derby match away at Ipswich Town on Sunday.

“If we do receive any such complaints we will forward them to Ipswich Town Football Club and or Suffolk Constabulary as appropriate.”