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Birmingham fans’ smoke bomb hits disabled supporter in tier below at Sunderland

Birmingham City fans’ smoke bomb allegedly hits a disabled supporter in the tier below during the Championship clash at Sunderland.

For a long while now, fans have called for netting or the away section to be moved elsewhere in the stadium to prevent such incidents from happening.

The club aren’t exactly changing anything after having discussions recently about what to do and the reaction upon announcement to fans didn’t go down well.

There is a list of items that away fans can’t bring into the ground, but clearly nothing it stopping or changing when such items as pyro are still set off and chucked with fans below likely to be struck.

The game itself saw Sunderland beat Birmingham City after coming from behind in the home league game. This gave their faltering Championship playoff hopes an important boost.

Amad Diallo, on loan from Manchester United, scored an individual goal that completed the turnaround for Tony Mowbray’s men.

Blues went ahead on 29 minutes when Juninho Bacuna set up Tahith Chong, who squared for teenager George Hall to run the ball into an unguarded net.

Sunderland equalised three minutes into first half injury time. Patrick Roberts headed Alex Pritchard’s cross across goal, allowing 21-year old Trai Hume score his first Sunderland goal.

Diallo latched on to a pass from Jack Clarke after 75 minutes, before maintaining his cool and finishing for his 12th goal of this season.

Sunderland sent Dennis Cirkin off for a foul committed on Chong just three minutes after. The hosts held on and completed a double against Blues who only suffered their second loss in eight matches.

Sunderland’s Tony Mowbray:

“It was an important time to score our goal because I thought for the first 10 minutes we started really sharp and good, particularly down the right hand-side creating chances and then one of their first attacks they go and score. It was important to score before half-time for us, to give the dressing room at half-time the confidence and belief that we could go on and win the game. I think we left the dressing room at half-time believing we were going to win the game.

“When you’ve got players (like) Amad Diallo in your team who can do what he did today, as he did in the reverse fixture, a very similar type of goal, we’ve always got a chance. I do think Clarke’s done it many times this season, (Patrick) Roberts has done it, Diallo’s done it, we do have players in our team that can unlock the best of defensive units.”

Birmingham’s John Eustace:

“I was very pleased with the performance, I thought we were excellent. First half we were very good, really disappointed with the manner we conceded the goal, that’s not like us, real sloppy from the set-piece and we’ve been outstanding all season from that. So to lose two or three headers in a row and give them a lifeline just before half-time was disappointing.

“The lads brushed themselves off at half-time, they were disappointed but the way we started the second half was good, had a really good chance to take the lead again. Just overall disappointed to lose, we certainly didn’t deserve to lose the game, we played against a good team who are pushing through in the play-offs. We went toe-to-toe with them and I think overall it was a good performance.”

This is what Twitter users as Birmingham fans’ smoke bomb hits a disabled supporter in the tier below at Sunderland…

@achapma12: That was near where we were sat. Felt so sorry for the fan in the chair and their mum. Shocking yet again from the away end. #SAFC need to get a grip and put a net up and stop this from happening again.

@redjasper73: The club really need to do something about this. It is negligent not to and if the worst happens they could and should be held liable for not protecting supporters

@reganpaul75: Never got why clubs have away fans sitting over home fans 🤷🏻‍♂️🤷🏻‍♂️

@JohnyAngus: @SunderlandAFC we will now have our fans coming to watch the lads who genuinely be rightfully afraid and hoping they aren’t hurt watching the lads. Is that what we about at our club. Please find a solution and it has to be immediate. Checking pockets isn’t working I’m sorry.

@DanielJenks89: Absolutely scum behaviour from one so called fan. Spoils it for the vast majority of supporters who travel up and down the country to support the club and not cause trouble

@ifyouseerobyn: This followed by chants of “we’re Birmingham City, we do what we want” is just absolutely grim as fuck mind 🥴

@FinnReynolds7: That’s 100% the worst place ever to put away fans, who’s stupid idea was that?

@DHWsean: Aside from the idiot that threw this. @SunderlandAFC are 100% to blame for this. Not enough has been done and it’s continuously happening. When is anything going to happen @CWaters_SAFC

@Rollie3333: @SunderlandAFC @RokerReport When I USED to come to the SOL the away fans were either in the lower corner or behind part of one of the goals . Can’t say I ever saw this happen. This has to stop or change for next season.

@TheGJRichards: As a Blues fan, this disgusts me. How they got flares in is mystery – security was severe. Disappointed some brainless idiots tarnish 99% of our fans with these actions. I hate seeing this, completely unacceptable. Hopefully they’re identified and banned for life #BCFC #KRO #SAFC

@GJohnson2022: Something needs to happen @krespeakman @CWaters_SAFC

@andrewritson: All clubs are turning a blind eye because of turnover. Our fans away from home are just as bad and until there is a more rigid security this is going to happen.

@grantr_1964: EFL need to punish these clubs…points deductions would ensure they would send their own security to away games to deal with scum. Why don’t we have cameras recording away fans throughout so they are caught and prosecuted 🤷‍♂️

@John_the_hawk: According to H&SE website it could be a reportable incident. That would get things going – serious accident waiting to happen. Club seems oblivious – or putting money first. 🙄

@L11G: @SunderlandAFC @CWaters_SAFC utterly disgusting. What are the club doing? How hard is it to train stewards in absolutely simple basic search techniques! Keep the fans safe !

@Kevsol: This is partly on the club, who have been warned by supporters numerous times and have failed to act. No supporter should go to a football game and have fears over their safety.

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