Pigs force play to be stopped between Charlton and Coventry
Published 15/10/2016 | 16:33
Charlton's Sky Bet League One match against Coventry was interrupted by a flurry of plastic pigs thrown from the stands in a protest by supporters.
The first-minute hold-up to the game was caused by the action from home fans disgruntled by the reign of Charlton owner Roland Duchatelet, and Sky Blues supporters disenchanted by the running of their club by hedge fund group Sisu.
The match was preceded by a march to The Valley by a large number of Charlton and Coventry supporters calling on each set of owners to sell up.
With the game barely under way, a hail of toy pigs left the pitch briefly unplayable, causing referee Darren Deadman to stop the play.
Game delayed between Charlton and Coventry with Sky Blues fans throwing small pigs onto the pitch in protest at their club owner SISU. pic.twitter.com/Zt8ikcgiQ7— FootballLeaguePaper (@TheLeaguePaper) October 15, 2016
Charlton match halted by... 3,000 pigs?: Addicks fans allied with visiting Coventry supporters to protest aga... https://t.co/RaD9rJ2Lsx— Tunde (@Jbabs09) October 15, 2016
Charlton announced the incident on Twitter, stating "Play is stopped. Pigs on pitch", adding "(Not real ones)".
The match resumed after stewards cleared the playing surface, with the delay lasting around five minutes.
Both clubs are former Premier League outfits, with Charlton having been outside the top flight since 2007 and Coventry not been members of the top flight since their relegation in 2000-01.
Charlton headed into their home game in 18th place in the third tier, with Coventry 24th and last after one win in 11 games.