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'RIVAL FANS ATTACKED US WITH BRICKS' Sky Blues supporters claim they were ambushed after Swindon game.

Byline: Sam Dimmer NEWS REPORTER

A GROUP of Sky Blues fans say bricks were thrown at them when they were ambushed after Saturday's game.

Five supporters were hurt after they were set upon at 5.20pm.

Police who attended the incident said there had been reports that missiles had been thrown, including signs, traffic cones and bricks.

They spoke to supporters from Coventry who claimed that they had been surrounded by a larger group of Swindon fans in Queens Drive, near the County Ground.

One man, who had suffered a cut to the head, said he had been hit by a brick. The fans were on the way to their coach after the game, which ended 2-2, when they were set upon.

No 999 call was made to ambulance crews because the incident happened close to an ambulance station in Queens Drive, near to the town's infamous "magic roundabout" junction.

A spokesman for Great Western Ambulance Service said a small number of fans were treated for cuts and bruises. No one was seriously hurt.

After the game West Midlands Police's force football unit tweeted that there had been two incidents of disorder and five fans had been hurt.

As well as the incident outside the ground, fans also said there was violence at the town's train station.

On Twitter, one fan wrote that the violence in the station was like something out of football hooliganism film Green Street.

British Transport Police said they had no record of violence in the station, but a spokesman said that it may not have been reported to them.

Inspector Adrian Burt, of Wiltshire Police, said: "We received several calls from the public at about 5.20pm on Saturday afternoon about disorder in the Queen's Drive area of Swindon after the Swindon-Coventry match.

"We quickly dispatched officers to the scene.

"A small group of Coventry fans alleged they were set upon by a number of Swindon fans while returning to their coach. We engaged with both sets of supporters, but no formal complaints were forthcoming. "No arrests have been made.

"We would like to appeal for any witnesses to contact Gablecross Police Station on 101."

Were you attacked after the game? Call Sam Dimmer at the Coventry Telegraph on 024 7650 0343 or email sam.dimmer@coventrytelegraph.net.
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Date:Oct 16, 2012
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