A football supporters’ group has written to Stevenage FC after female fans were allegedly “asked to lift their tops to show their bras” as part of searches on entry to the ground.
The Mariners Trust who represent fans from Grimsby Town have written a letter to management at the Lamex Stadium with a long list of ‘serious failings’, after the game between the two sides on Saturday.
The alleged failings include:
- Making some female Grimsby Town fans lift their tops and show their bras to female stewards on entry to the ground as part of ‘security searches’.
- Children as young as five being subjected to full body searches.
- No washing facilities in men’s toilets
The group say the treatment the fans were exposed to "was amongst the worst our fans have experienced in decades of travelling across the world to watch football."
When contacted for comment Stevenage said, "We are aware of the letter and are investigating the matter today before making any further comment."
The full letter from the Mariners Trust can be read here.
Hertfordshire Police say they were in attendance at the match but were not involved in any of the searches.