Mark Wynne was repeatedly kneed in the head while handcuffed on the floor
14 April ~ A Coventry City fan who was wrongfully arrested and “viciously assaulted” by a police officer has received compensation more than four years after the initial incident. In September 2011 Mark Wynne, 48, together with his then 14-year-old son, attended a home game at the Ricoh Arena against Derby County. At the time Coventry fans were unhappy with the club’s owners – and at the match he felt police were dealing with protesting fans in a very heavy-handed way.
Upon asking an officer for his badge number events escalated – captured on film – with Wynne being arrested and taken to a holding cell. There, Wynne was repeatedly kneed in the head by PC Allsop of West Midlands Police while handcuffed on the floor. The assault only ended after intervention from another PC on the force, who then made a complaint about his colleague’s conduct.
Despite no wrongdoing Wynne was dragged before the courts, convicted of public order offence and given a football banning order. With help from the Football Supporters’ Federation, Wynne successfully appealed his conviction which meant his banning order was also lifted. He then turned his attention to West Midlands Police, and has recently received a five-figure compensation settlement. You can read more details about Mark Wynne’s case and find out how to receive support from the FSF if you feel you have been unfairly treated by police or stewards at a match here.