There could be some trouble for Coventry City supporters yesterday after they had invaded the pitch during their side’s FA Cup defeat at Walsall.
2,665 of the Sky Blue Army turned up, outnumbering the home support of 2,095, however, following Luke Thomas’ equaliser to make the scoreline 2-2 in the 55th minute, fans ran onto the field.
A tannoy announcement warned them that what they were doing was a criminal offence and that CCTV was in operation. It’s reported that another announcement came after a bottle was thrown onto the playing surface. Fans were reminded if anymore was thrown, then the players would have to be taken off.
Watch a video of the pitch invasion below…
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As quoted by Coventry Telegraph, Coventry City boss Mark Robins spoke: “I don’t know what happened.
“You’ll have to ask the referee.
“The supporters are passionate and 100 per cent behind us and while they have got to behave themselves and not enter the field of play, that’s disappointing.
“But at the same time they were getting behind the team and supporting the team and helping us get back on level terms.”
Robins was asked about the bottle incident, he added: “I have not seen a bottle thrown.
“All I saw was we equalised and the supporters went to celebrate as normal, with the exception of being on the pitch, which is not acceptable. But they are brilliant supporters in general.”
Walsall manager Dean Keates said of the same incident: “The referee has got to consider the players’ welfare, that’s fair enough.
“There are mindless people sometimes who spoil it for everyone.”
After seeing that the Coventry fans had invaded the pitch during their FA Cup defeat at Walsall, social media users had plenty of criticism for them, there was also thoughts given on the West Midlands Police for their handling of the incidents – take a look at what they’re saying on the next page.