A promotion party turned sour on Tuesday night as Coventry fans were among a group who decided to chase two men ‘after one was seen with a knife’.
Various reports state that the two young males were chased through the city centre and pelted with bottles by an angry crowd in what has been described as shocking social media footage, which can be seen further down.
The duo ended up stuck behind some bins, then had missiles and abuse hurled at them, before getting protection from police officers who shouted “get back!” at the crowd, many of whom could be seen wearing Coventry shirts.
Police had been called amid reports that the two men were armed with knives.
At one point an officer handcuffed one of the men while a search was carried out for a knife.
Neither of the men were found in possession of a knife and neither were arrested, however a knife was later recovered from a bin, police say.
Fans of Coventry city football club people, 100’s of them throwing bottles and calling these 2 black brothers Nigga’s!! I’m honestly so disgusted!! @Coventry_City do you condone this behaviour from your fans!? @WMPolice pic.twitter.com/BA2APOJdEa
— nikisha (@nikisha_paige) June 9, 2020
Coventry Police said they protected the two young men after they were targeted in a ‘violent attack’ at around 9:15pm.
It added that officers had been told the two men may have had a knife, resulting in both of them being searched, with one put in handcuffs.
— thesportsman (@TheSportsman) June 10, 2020
In a statement, the force said: “The footage we’ve seen so far shows our officers moving in to protect two young men who were the target of a violent attack from a large crowd.
“Those officers put themselves in harm’s way − in the face of bricks and bottles being thrown at them − in order to protect those two men and prevent the situation from escalating.
“We will be carrying out a thorough investigation into the disorder and claims the two men were earlier armed with a knife.
“We are also investigating claims that some of the crowd were in possession of weapons.”
It added that the pair were not arrested and officers would investigate any hate crimes identified.
A video of the incident was also seen by Peterborough United’s Ivan Toney, who said it was disgusting.
— Ivan Toney (@ivantoney24) June 10, 2020
Coventry Police Superintendent Phil Healy, said: “Our officers acted with great courage to put themselves between the group and the two men to prevent the situation escalating further.
“I would like to pay credit to the professionalism they demonstrated in what was clearly a very challenging situation.
“This type of disorder is totally unacceptable and we have launched an enquiry into the violence and the damage to property.
“We will also be investigating suggestions that the men were armed with a knife.”
A Coventry City said in a statement: “Coventry City is aware of videos of supporters on Tuesday night in Broadgate on social media.
“We have passed reports of these videos to West Midlands Police and will liaise directly with them regarding these.
“CCFC are clear and long-standing in our anti-racism and discrimination stance and our support for Kick It Out – both shown most clearly in our 2 Tone shirt this season – and more recently the Black Lives Matter campaign.
“Coventry is a diverse and multi-cultural City, and we are proud to represent it and all of its people.”
Police are appealing for anyone with information about what happened during the incident to contact 101 quoting log number 2731 of June 9.
Fans have commented after seeing that the promotion party turned sour as two black men were cornered behind bins over claims one of them had a knife…
I wore my shirt with such pride and joy yesterday evening. Sickened seeing the videos this morning, that there are racists wearing the same shirt. Please CCFC do all you can to get rid of it.
— Mary Kelly (@mtk63) June 10, 2020
Bloody fuming as to what went on
— Steve Downes (@kissdemon78) June 10, 2020
Sad to hear this.
— JDSHandicapping (@JDSHandicapping) June 10, 2020
Not really a great statement. One of the guys has been named on social media. He needs banning with immediate effect from any future home and away games and from buying any club merchandise from the shop. Teach these morons a lesson
— Lee (@lee1ngham) June 10, 2020
— ReeceWafc?? (@WafcReece) June 10, 2020
Hi Leila. Thank you for your message. We can assure you we are looking at all the footage that has been sent to us and we are investigating this incident. If you have any information please get in touch quoting log 2731 9/6.
— West Midlands Police – #StayAlert (@WMPolice) June 10, 2020
— Neil Jones (@neilj951) June 10, 2020
I seen it its absolutely disgusting some of our fans doing that what’s wrong with people ???? black lives matter pic.twitter.com/d4zwrRNcKy
— Kelly ann jones (@Kellyannjones12) June 10, 2020