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NEWS: After incidents involving small minority of fans, Dave Boddy issues reminder about behaviour on matchdays

17 April 2022

Following incidents involving a small minority, Coventry City Chief Executive Dave Boddy has issued a reminder to fans about behaviour on matchdays.

Writing in his reguar programme column, the Sky Blues Chief Executive has spoken following incidents involving a small minority, notably most recently following the conclusion of the home game against Blackburn Rovers.

Boddy praised the atmosphere that had been created on matchdays this season, but expressed a determination that the actions of the few would not tarnish the experience or reputation of the vast majority of Sky Blues fans - warning that those involved in such incidents would be subject to bans. 

Boddy said:

"The Club is becoming increasingly concerned about the behaviour of a very small minority of supporters, both at games here at the Coventry Building Society Arena and also away from home. The last home game here against Blackburn Rovers saw a confrontation on the A444 Jimmy Hill Way after the game, which was instigated by a small section of home supporters. We are also hearing of minor incidents at away games.

"Coventry City is a family club and cannot and will not accept such behaviour. We are working closely with West Midlands Police and the Arena to identify anybody who is involved in such incidents, and when found they will be banned.

"We have all witnessed a wonderful atmosphere here at the Arena during matches this season and we are determined that the very small minority will not tarnish the name and reputation of this Club and of our supporters, and will not damage the matchday experience for everyone else."

Boddy added:

"Further to that, there becomes a cost implication on policing games. Our policing costs rose for the remainder of the season following the incidents during the league game against Derby County back in October and have risen again for the last two games, as a consequence of the troubles versus Blackburn. Every penny that we spend on extra policing directly affects what we can spend elsewhere."

The full column can be read in Monday's edition of PUSB, which is available to buy around the ground for £3.

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