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Coventry fans chase two men ‘after one was seen with knife’

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.

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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.

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.

It came after Sky Blues fans came together in the city to celebrate being promoted to the Championship thanks to a vote of League One clubs.

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.

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…

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