A senior officer said the men’s behaviour was ‘a disgrace’ and he’d like to confront them with video evidence

Senior police officers have slammed middle-aged men who go on all-day drinking sessions when Wales play rugby and “think that they can behave any way they like”.

One officer described the men’s behaviour as “a nightmare”, “a disgrace” and said they turned into “bullies”.

He said he would like to confront them with video evidence of their misbehavior when they return to work in their suits after match day.


Superintendent Andrew Morgan, of the British Transport Police, said rugby fans could be more difficult to deal with than football fans, who pushed boundaries but generally listened to police officers and kept to a routine.

“Football fans come in large numbers. They can be a problem, but we know where they are,” he said.

“Football fans will push the boundaries, but they will listen.”

Speaking in Cardiff before Saturday’s Wales v Scotland rugby match , he said: “Trains were full coming in at 11 o’clock. People were already drinking alcohol. They will be looking to get on the last train, having been drinking all day.

“They will expect to get through [the station barriers] and get a train home. They will be heavily inebriated. On any other day of the week, they will be perfectly law-abiding family people who know how to behave.

“Today, they won’t listen. They won’t take advice or warnings. They will be a nightmare.”

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