TWO Chester fans were set upon by a 20-strong gang after the Blues’ away match at Lincoln City.
The victims of the street attack were taken to hospital for treatment after police spotted the incident at 5.10pm on Saturday.
The pair, aged 19 and 27, had travelled to Lincolnshire for the away fixture at Sincil Bank and both suffered cuts and bruises. The game ended in a 1-1 draw.
The older of the two men, who have not been named by police, was also treated for a suspected broken nose at Lincoln County Hospital.
An investigation into the attack has been launched and a police spokesman said enquiries were still ongoing.
He said: “The incident took place on Kesteven Street in Lincoln and we believe 15 to 20 local youths could have been involved, who then ran from the scene.
“The Lincolnshire Police football intelligence and liaison team spotted the incident after the match against Lincoln City.”
A number of Chester fans condemned the attack on the supporters website Devachat and sent well wishes to the two injured men.
XWWB posted: “Hope they're both alright. Ridiculous that this sort of stuff still happens, and embarrassing that a group of 15-20 would jump on two.”
Bluessince72 posted: “Sadly this kind of cowardly football hooliganism is still alive and kicking. We have been spoiled in he last three seasons ( 1st Chorley visit excepted) in visiting small clubs with welcoming supporters, and have forgotten the reality of matches at FL or ex FL grounds. All have groups of idiots who will pick off away fans they find on there own or in small groups.”
Lincoln City Football Club were unavailable for comment when contacted by the Leader.