FOOTBALL - Coventry City's win at Sheff Wed overshadowed by apparent racial gesture made towards Palmer - The Coventry Observer

FOOTBALL - Coventry City's win at Sheff Wed overshadowed by apparent racial gesture made towards Palmer

Aaron Sutcliffe 22nd Jan, 2024 Updated: 22nd Jan, 2024   0

BEN Sheaf scored twice as Coventry City won 2-1 away at Sheffield Wednesday in a game marred by an apparent racial gesture made towards Sky Blues midfielder Kasey Palmer by a home supporter.

Sheaf struck in either half at Hillsborough to put in City in command before Josh Windass reduced the deficit for the home side.

However, late in the game, Coventry midfielder Palmer pointed to the crowd and indicated to referee Anthony Backhouse that a Wednesday supporter made a monkey gesture towards him as he retrieved the ball from behind the goal.

The club have released a statement, condemning the abuse aimed at Palmer, which can be read HERE

The referee stopped the game and spoke to both managers on the touchline before play resumed as the Sky Blues held on to extend their unbeaten run to 10 matches in all competitions.

And the result means Coventry remain sixth in the Championship table, one point inside the play-off places.

City took the lead five minutes before half time when Sheaf received Josh Eccles’ pass before cutting inside of Barry Bannan and curling a sensational effort into the top right corner from the edge of the penalty area.

And Sheaf doubled his tally for the game on 57 minutes when he turned the ball home from close range after James Beadle kept out Tatsuhiro Sakamoto’s initial effort.

However, Wednesday reduced the deficit on 68 minutes as Windass smashed home from six-yards out after Bradley Collins superbly kept out Anthony Musaba’s close range header.

Coventry are next in action away at Wednesday on Friday, January 26 in the FA Cup with kick-off at 7.45pm at Hillsborough.

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