JAN 01] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
Police Step In As Coventry Fans Cause 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.
Manchester police will be studying video footage of the game to
see if they can identify any more of the troublemakers.
fans seemed to get in among Manchester City fans after Shaun
Goater’s winner three minutes into injury time at Maine Road
climbed over a brick wall and more than 20 rows of seats
for the confrontation.
chiefs had already sent the 50 on-duty officers outside the
stadium to prevent any post-match altercations.
the last-minute goal and trouble meant they had to quickly get
back inside to restore order.
dominating through, Coventry were unable to convert their
chances. John Eustace went close twice.
arrests were made by police on the terraces and an FA
investigation into the incident is likely to take place.
Gordon Strachan refused to comment on the fighting, saying that
he wasn’t wearing a yellow jacket and wasn’t a steward.
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.
chairman Bryan Richardson said anyone who was caught by police
would be banned.
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.
trouble follows scenes at Swindon earlier this month, where no
police action was taken after Coventry City fans rushed to goad
the home supporters.
[08 JAN 01] SWINDON TOWN 0
COVENTRY CITY 2