Nuneaton Town Football Club have today apologised for a distasteful tweet was was sent out on their official Twitter feed following the abandonment of the pre-season game with Coventry City on Saturday.
Ten minutes into the second half the referee was forced to abandon the game after a freak storm flooded the pitch with Town leading 1-0 following a first half goal.
This led to a number of Coventry fans entering the pitch to perform ‘Klinsmann slides’ before the tweet, which has since been deleted, was sent out regarding City’s move to Northampton Town’s Sixfields Stadium from The Ricoh Arena last season.
Nuneaton Town full statement:
“During the pre-season friendly on Saturday between ourselves and Coventry City the game was stopped shortly into the second half following a rain storm during which the referee took off the teams for safety reasons.
“It was at this point a number of spectators from the away section housing the Sky Blues’ fans entered the field of play in contravention of the Football (Offences) Act 1991 which is punishable by law and can include a banning order for supporters. This can and does create many problems for both the home and away clubs and is not condoned.
“During this time a tweet was made on the @Official_NTFC twitter account which did not represent the view of Nuneaton Town Football Club and was both unfortunate and unsatisfactory for both content and the reference of Coventry City not having their own ground.
Boro chief executive Ian Neale said: “The social media account is a more relaxed, information service for home and visiting fans providing information that could be of interest either by direct tweet or retweet. Club officials have personal accounts for providing opinion, but the main account is to provide factual information.
“It is unfortunate that one of our media volunteers expressed his opinion and that caused some upset among some Coventry City fans. We do rely on, and appreciate, the support given by volunteers but at the same time we trust the service is going to be fit for purpose.
“The tweet was meant for the supporters that had entered the field of play, however the message did cause upset to a some Sky Blue fans.
“For this I apologise unreservedly on behalf of Nuneaton Town Football Club to Coventry City and its supporters.
“We have ourselves faced challenging times which were for our supporters very challenging and emotionally charged issues.
“I know from dealing with these difficult circumstances first hand know how much passion and emotion it can bring for fans.
“As a former Coventry City Associate Director, and a fan of all football, both the club and I would not wish to cause upset.
“We endeavour to ensure that we at all times provide a warm welcome for all our own and visiting fans at the club. I wish Coventry City and its fans a very successful season ahead and look to continue to develop the mutually beneficial relationship that has been formed over the last seven years.
“We hope we can all move on and get down to the season ahead.”