City Fans Not Getting Frisky

Last updated : 30 September 2011 By Covsupport News Service

Coventry City supporters have hit out after being subjected to searches and bag checks for the last two home matches.

City supporters including women, children and the disabled have all been physically searched or had their property checked as they attempted to enter the Ricoh Arena for the home matches against Reading and Blackpool.

Reasons given by stewards as to why they were searching supporters have included :"We're getting ready for the Olympics", "Making sure you have no bottles" and "We think you are trying to bring in a banner." and supporters have hit out at being treated like a common criminal with some saying they won't be coming back to the Ricoh, blaming the board and owners SISU for forcing this on fans.

Facilties Director Anthony Mundy claimed Tuesday night's searching were due to an exercise and said to the CT: "We did have increased security checks on Tuesday night and apologise for any inconvenience caused to match-goers.

"The exercise had to be 'real life' so we could not warn people in advance but we have asked stewards to show appropriate discretion and judgement.

"We would ask for people's patience and understanding when these checks are implemented. Our main aim is always to ensure the safety and security of all visitors to the Ricoh Arena.