Football fans have reacted with disgust after a man claiming to be Nottingham Forest supporter humiliated a young follower of a rival club and posted the video online.
Nottingham Forest say they have launched an investigation into the footage, which has been viewed more than 100,000 times online.
It comes as police stepped up a security operation outside a match between Forest and their East Midlands rival Derby tonight, amid fears of trouble.
A shocking video was shared online showing this Derby County fan being abused by a rival
The clip appears to have been filmed in a shopping centre in Nottingham. The bully chose to challenge the victim because he was wearing a Derby County shirt.
The man behind the camera says ‘here he is, look, what are you doing with that on mate?’ as he refers to his football top.
He aggressively taunts the Derby fan, continuing saying ‘you shouldn’t be wearing that in this city, that top.’.
He then says: ‘You see, they say all f****** Derby fans are inbred but you prove it is not true.’
The victim continues to stare at the man and replies ‘yeah.’
Fellow supporters, many Nottingham Forest fans themselves, condemned the man’s actions
The bully says: ‘You take it easy yeah, but remember you’re a sheep sh****r yeah, remember that yeah, say it, I’m a sheep sh****r.’
The Derby County fan then replies: ‘I’m a sheepsh****r.’
Hundreds of football fans, including supporters of both clubs, condemned the man’s actions in comments posted online. Some referred the video to local police.
The footage emerged as the conduct of football fans is under the spotlight, following the racial abuse suffered by Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling during a match at Chelsea earlier this month.
A spokesman for Nottingham Forest said they were aware of the video and have lanuched an internal investigation.