Charlton vs Coventry briefly suspended after plastic pigs thrown onto the field

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A League One contest between Charlton Athletic and Coventry City was briefly suspended on Saturday as fans threw thousands of plastic pigs onto the field in a joint protest against their respective owners. 

In recent months, fans of both clubs have become disgruntled with Sisu and Roland Duchatelet, owners of Coventry and Charlton respectively. This is just the latest in a series of planned demonstrations against their ownership.

Supporters group 'CharltonCARD', which stands for 'The Coalition against Roland Duchtelet', organised a collective march between both sets of fans before the class between two of English football's most disgruntled fanbases.

The rally was followed up by thousands of plastic pig toys being thrown onto the field of play shortly after the game kicked off, suspending play for six minutes as they were cleared in truly bizarre scenes.

The group posted on Twitter at the time of the protest, explaining that the 'flying pigs' represented Sisu and Duchatelet's resistance to change the manner in which both clubs are run.

Meanwhile, the strange scene produced one of the stranger match updates courtesy of Charlton's official Twitter account.

In March this year, Charlton fans staged similar protests during a home game against Middlesbrough. Ahead of the match. a mock funeral was held outside The Valley with one fan carrying a wreath that read "R.I.P Charlton Athletic". 

As the game kicked off hundreds of beach balls were thrown onto the field of play in a similar manner to the plastic pigs.

Today, however, Charlton fans were not alone in their protests. Visiting supporters of Coventry City put their competitive rivalry aside and teamed up with the Charlton faithful as their frustrations with owner Sisu continue to grow.

The Sky Blues saw manager Tony Mowbray leave the club of his own accord recently after a string of games without a win.

They also face the danger of being left without a stadium at the end of the season after Wasps RFC, owners of the Ricoh Arena, opted against renewing their tenancy agreement.

Various protests have been staged by sets of their own supporters, with several banners opposing Sisu's ownership being spotted during recent home games.

Charlton went on to win the game between the two sides 3-0, but it's both sets of fans who are making the headlines

Wayne Rooney
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