The Leeds United’s Supporters Trust has submitted an official complaint to police over claims travelling fans were close to being crushed at a railway station.
Fans say they were “kettled” as British Transport Police (BTP) marshalled hundreds of Whites supporters at a London Tube stop following the game against Millwall last month.
The trust, which says Leeds fans are subjected to unduly heavy-handed policing compared with followers of other clubs, is calling for BTP to learn lessons from the incident.
Chairman Gary Cooper said: “The complaint is about the kettling after the game and the behaviour of the police at the Tube station, using dogs and sticks.
“You might want to control and contain a crowd but you have to do that in an area that’s proportionate to that crowd. That simply didn’t happen.
“They tried to contain the fans in an area that wasn’t sufficient to hold them.
“That’s when kids start panicking.
“There were people having to put kids on shoulders because they were literally being crushed together.
The trust says problems started as fans arrived at London Bridge station following United’s 2-0 defeat to Millwall.
Members say some fans were forced towards a line of police officers and their dogs as others crowded into the station.
Trust member Paul Keat said: “They had a line of police including dog handlers and fans were pushed right up to them with fans still coming off the train and they were being crushed together.
“They couldn’t go anywhere. The dogs were primed and reacted.”
Footage posted on YouTube after the incident appears to show a police dog handler being bitten by its dog – an indication, the trust says, of the problems at the time.
Supporters say pressure ultimately led to exits being opened to ease the overcrowding.
A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said: “BTP has received a letter from the Leeds United Supporters Trust expressing some concerns about policing at London Bridge station on Saturday, September 28.
“BTP’s professional standards department is currently looking into these concerns.”