JAN 01] COVENTRY CITY MATCH
REPORT - FA CUP 3RD ROUND
Swindon Town (0) 0
Coventry City (1) 2
among Coventry City fans almost ruined the Sky Blues day out in
the cup on Saturday as ugly scenes broke out in the stands.
2-0 victory, which earned Coventry an away trip to Manchester
City in the fourth round, was marred by a group of yobs who
stampeded towards Swindon fans.
had to let fans spill out on the pitch after a group of Sky
Blues supporters made their way to the bottom corner of the
stand near Swindon fans to hurl abuse at them.
say the fans in the home stand were largely families and had
done nothing to provoke the abuse.
children had to be lifted to safety at the end of the first half
as less than a hundred yobs ran to the corner area to get
frightened youngsters risked being crushed by the people trying
to get near the Swindon fans. They were knocked about but were
guided to safety by more responsible fans.
Chris Williams of the football unit in Swindon said no arrests
were made in connection with the incident.
was over quite quickly and wasn't too serious. There as an
exchange between fans but no arrests were made in relation to
were made at the game, but they were among Swindon fans and
related to previous incidents
Williams added that "very few" officers were on duty
at the game.
the pitch Coventry City had an easy win after a Craig Bellamy
goal put them in front after four minutes as he capitalised on a
mistake by Sol Davis.
result was secured in the second half when skipper Moustapha
Hadji picked up a rebound from a shot by Youseff Chippo to slot
home into an empty net.