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Police Step In As Coventry Fans Cause Trouble

Trouble flared among Coventry City fans for the second cup game in succession as a late winner by Manchester City sent the Sky Blues out of the competition.

Greater Manchester police will be studying video footage of the game to see if they can identify any more of the troublemakers.

Travelling fans seemed to get in among Manchester City fans after Shaun Goater’s winner three minutes into injury time at Maine Road on Saturday.

They climbed over a brick wall and more than 20 rows of seats for the confrontation.

Police chiefs had already sent the 50 on-duty officers outside the stadium to prevent any post-match altercations.

But the last-minute goal and trouble meant they had to quickly get back inside to restore order.

Despite dominating through, Coventry were unable to convert their chances. John Eustace went close twice.

Several arrests were made by police on the terraces and an FA investigation into the incident is likely to take place.

Manager Gordon Strachan refused to comment on the fighting, saying that he wasn’t wearing a yellow jacket and wasn’t a steward.

Man City boss Joe Royle said he missed the outbreak of violence as he was “too busy apologising” to Strachan for scraping such an undeserved victory.

Club chairman Bryan Richardson said anyone who was caught by police would be banned.

The game had not been earmarked of having a high risk of violence because the two previous games this season between the clubs had passed off without incident.

The trouble follows scenes at Swindon earlier this month, where no police action was taken after Coventry City fans rushed to goad the home supporters.


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CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 29 Jan 01
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