COVENTRY City have today issued a statement warning the “inexcusable” on-pitch protests and use of flares by some fans which disrupted yesterday’s game at Northampton will be investigated by the the authorities, with action likely to follow.
Many commentators and fans taking to social media yesterday expressed their concern the actions could result in a fine for the club or worse – with some suggesting a ban of Coventry fans attending away games, or League points deductions, could ultimately be the sanction from ongoing disruptive protests.
It follows pitch protests by some at the Ricoh Arena game versus Sheffield United, and apparent disruption by whistles blown from the crowd in the home match versus Bolton.
Today’s CCFC statement reads:
“The repeated disruptions to yesterday’s match at Northampton Town were unacceptable.
“The club recognises that the inexcusable conduct was led by a small number of people.
“The club does not and will not condone any such behaviour. Coventry City FC will support all subsequent investigations by the police and football authorities.”
The Sky Blue Trust, and associated Fighting the Jimmy Hill Way fans’ groups, campaigning against the club’s parent company Sisu, have distanced themselves from yesterday’s illegal actions.
Their leaders have previously supported boycotts of matches. This week, David Johnson, leader of FTJHW, mooted plans to be prepared for a possible takeover of the club via another League points-deducting administration for CCFC, should fans not renew season tickets.
Fans on social media are divided over the apparent tactics by some to damage, disrupt, boycott and talk up administration, which some commentators have said would still not remove Sisu. The Sisu group of companies retained control after administration in 2013 – when the Sky Blues were deducted 20 League points.