Pigs stop play as Charlton and Coventry fans stage very unusual protest


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.

Charlton Athletic and Coventry City fans protest before the game - (Jon Buckle/EMPICS Sport)
(Jon Buckle/EMPICS Sport)

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 game.

The match resumed after about five minutes once stewards cleared the playing surface of pigs.

Both clubs are former Premier League outfits, with Charlton having been outside the top flight since 2007, while Coventry haven't been members since their relegation in 2000/01.

Charlton headed into the game in 18th place in League One, with Coventry bottom after one win in 11 games.

With the pigs cleared, Charlton managed a 3-0 win after Coventry made a right pig's ear out of their defensive duties.