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21st Oct 2021

Cardiff City report Swansea to police over ‘swim away’ celebrations

Callum Boyle

It concerns the ‘swim away’ celebrations a number of Swansea players performed during their derby day win

Cardiff City have contacted South Wales Police in relation to the celebrations of Swansea City during their derby day last weekend, according to the BBC.

The Bluebirds have also been in touch with the EFL and Swansea themselves with the main complaint surrounding the ‘swim away’ celebrations a number of Swansea players and coaching staff preformed during their win over the weekend.

Other complaints also include abuse towards the club’s directors after they were shown on the big screen during the Swans’ 3-0 win, however, EFL rules state that while shots of “the area of the trainers’ bench” can’t be shown, there is no such rule for the directors box.

The celebration is said to originate from a derby day clash between the two sides back in the 1980’s following a clash between the two sets of supporters and officials at Cardiff feel that it could aggravate tensions between both clubs’ fans.

One Cardiff spokesperson was stated saying: “We can confirm that we are in dialogue with Swansea City, South Wales Police and the EFL over a number of issues of concern.”

Meanwhile, a Swansea representative confirmed they were looking into the incident.

He said: “Swansea City can confirm that the club is in dialogue with Cardiff City, South Wales Police and the EFL over events that took place during and after Sunday’s game at the Stadium.

“Discussions will also take place within the club across all departments as a matter of process, as they do after every event that we host.”

Swansea manager Russell Martin was asked about the celebrations following his side’s win against West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday night and insisted that no malice was intended.

He said: “What I would say is all of it was in front of our own supporters.

“I don’t think anyone was trying to goad anyone.

“It’s being dealt with internally. We have discussed it today. There’s obviously been a game so we’ll discuss it again tomorrow with Julian and the rest of the guys.

“I’d like to come out and say I wasn’t involved but I was. We enjoyed it with our own supporters. We’ll see what comes of it.”

It’s also understood that the FA are investigating the celebrations.

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