Transport Police are appealing for information after a woman was assaulted on a train between Huyton and Prescot.
A 42-year-old woman was on her way home following a night out in Liverpool when the incident happened.
About 11.20pm on Saturday, 8 February, a group of men, who had been to watch Preston North End play Tranmere, boarded the train at Liverpool Lime Street chanting and singing Preston songs becoming louder and banging the windows of the train.
PC Victoria Hodson said: “The victim asked the men to calm down, but they turned on her and began to verbally abuse her.
“At this point another passenger stepped in to defend the woman and became involved in a physical confrontation with the Preston North End supporters.
“The victim tried to help the man who had intervened, but she was then assaulted and sustained injuries to her head causing swelling, concussion and whiplash.”
“The main aggressor was a white man, aged in his early 20s, was about six feet tall, had short red hair, and was wearing a short, dark blue sports jacket. He spoke with a Lancashire accent.
“The man who intervened, who we would also like to speak to, was white, in his early 40s, about five foot eight inches tall and had short, dark thinning hair. He was wearing a navy blue jacket, pink shirt and jeans.”
If you have information call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or ring Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0880 555 111. Quote log NWA/B2 of 6/3/14 in all calls.