Brick-throwing football hooligan should be “ashamed” after Gainsborough Trinity family coach window smash

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A hooligan who smashed the window of a family football coach carrying children should be “totally ashamed” and “embarrassed”, according to Gainsborough Trinity chairman Richard Kane.

Trinity supporters were sat on the away coach after their team’s 1-0 defeat at Lincolnshire rivals Boston United on Monday when a brick was thrown through a window outside The Jakemans Stadium at 6.50pm.

It is thought the act was carried out by a Boston United fan, although this has not been confirmed.

Mr Kane, who was not on the coach, said the individual had “brought shame” on non-league football.

“It is not the 1970s, you do not expect something like this to happen,” Mr Kane told the Standard.

“It has brought shame on non-league football, in my opinion.

“It is a shame because the management of Boston and Gainsborough get on really, really well. It is unacceptable.

“Before the game there was no animosity, just the usual banter during the game.

“After the game everybody normally draws a line under it but some people have to be stupid.

“It distressed some of the younger kids.

Mr Kane said there is an “opportunity” to write to the FA, but said he doesn’t want to go down that route.

“There is nothing more we can do,” Mr Kane said.

“We just have to move on. I hope that the individual is totally ashamed and embarrassed.”

Lincolnshire Police said the incident was reported to the force at 6.50pm and involved a ‘group of males’ - although it is thought only one person threw a brick. A spokesman said it was a near side front passenger window of a 39-seater coach which was smashed and that inquiries are “on-going”.

No arrests have been made and no one was injured.

John Blackwell, general manager secretary at Boston United, said: “We do not condone this kind of behaviour and would urge anybody with information to come forward.

“The lady on the coach who reported the incident said there was five or six youths with hoods on, they were not wearing any Boston colours, so it could have been anybody.”