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Outrage As Stewards Quell In Ground Protest
Published : 20 Aug 2011 18:46:45Rss feed
Stewards heavy handed as City fans make their point There was outrage at the Ricoh Arena this afternoon when a orange coated steward grabbed a banner claiming the current owners of Coventry City were not fit to run the club and threw it to the ground. The incident happened ten minutes in to Coventry City's 0-0 draw against Watford and came as City supporters in all parts of the ground called for SISU to end their time as owners of Coventry City FC Holdings Ltd. A banner had been unfurled in Block 15 under the scoreboard at the Ricoh Arena as the match kicked off and was being passed round whilst supporters chanted. However, under orders of the Chief Safety Officer, the orange coated rapid reponse stewards moved in and the banner was seized by a steward whom those close to the action had the number 26 on his coat, who then in full view of everyone in the 13,000+ crowd threw the banner to the ground. This provoked outrage amongst the supporters but thankfully commonsense prevailed and there was no outbreak of disorder. There were boos including loud ones from the family area and the invited community groups as another banner in the CT Stand was confisicated. Both banners were returned at the end of the game and were used by supporters voicing their objections to the running of the club by SISU by the Jimmy Hill Statue and outside the front of the entrance to the Ricoh Arena. Again there were complaints about some over-zealous stewarding and Covsupport News Service spoke to supporters who had been told by one member of the rapid response team wearing black gloves that if they did not move they would get hurt.
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