Coventry City are re-iterating the importance of safe behaviour of supporters on matchdays at the Coventry Building Society Arena, ahead of our first game back following the World Cup break.
At recent matches there have been a number of incidents in the Singers Corner area of the Arena, which has prompted other supporters sitting in this area to contact the Club.
This is combined with concerns formally expressed during the summer by safety authorities over behaviour in the area, in particular overcrowding.
Incidents at recent games have included flares being thrown (hitting other Sky Blues supporters), anti-social behaviour and abuse towards other supporters, injuries to other supporters during goal celebrations and also fans standing on steps, despite instructions from stewards.
We know this is a minority of supporters whose behaviour is outlined above, but this is having a detrimental effect on other Sky Blues fans in the area.
We also know this is an area where a great atmosphere is created each matchday - however, we are clear that the behaviour above is not acceptable.
Any supporters found to be taking part in this behaviour will be subject to action from the Club and the Police, which can include behavioural programmes and Club bans from home and away matches.
Dave Boddy, Coventry City Chief Executive, said:
“We are clear that the behaviour of some supporters in this area is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.
“We expect fans to enjoy the game and get behind the team, but we also expect them not to behave in a way that is dangerous or anti-social to other Coventry City supporters.
“This has to stop and if fans do not stop this behaviour themselves, they will be stopped from attending games.”