Swansea and South Wales Police work together to stop third anti-BLM protest before match with Watford after supporters outside booed players taking the knee in last two Championship matches
- A group of Swansea fans booed players taking the knee in their last two games
- The fans booed outside the Liberty Stadium for the Reading and Barnsley games
- Swansea and South Wales police halted a protest for Saturday’s tie with Watford
Swansea City and South Wales Police increased their security as they stopped protestors against the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement marring a third straight game at The Liberty Stadium.
Before Swansea’s midweek goalless draw with Reading, demonstrators outside the ground set off horns and booed and whistled while both teams took the knee in support of BLM.
It came after a similar but smaller incident had happened before the Barnsley match before Christmas and shocked the Championship side who immediately launched an investigation.
Swansea City and South Wales Police stopped a third anti-BLM protest at the Liberty Stadium (above) on Saturday
A group of fans have set off horns against players taking the knee in Swansea’s last two games
The response – in conjunction with the police – was successful as another group protest was avoided.
At the time both Swansea and Watford took the knee inside the Liberty as normal, there was one firework set off outside and one man was stopped from getting any closer to the ground as he booed loudly.
But Swansea’s decision to erect a giant fence around the area the protestors demonstrated against Reading paid off.
South Wales Police also confirmed to Mail On Sunday they were present at the ground in larger numbers than usual after the events of Swansea’s last two home matches.
Some fans booed outside the stadium when players took the knee against Reading in midweek
In a statement on their Twitter account, organisers of the last two protests admitted they were aware of Swansea and the police’s attempts to stop the demonstrations.
They vowed ‘not be intimidated’ and ‘will carry on reporting the truth and holding the corrupt to account.’ It hints at the prospect of further demonstrations in the future.
Inside the Liberty, Swansea and Watford’s players took the knee as normal before kick-off.
Videos posted online show the protestors to have been a regular presence at Swansea’s home ground and their Fairwood training base in recent weeks.
In one video, an unnamed protestor said: ‘I’ve supported the Swans all my life and I will never, ever cheer for them again. Get BLM out of the UK.’
Another added: ‘Bringing politics into sport is not on. Black Lives Matter is a Marxist organisation which preaches anti-white hatred.’
A small group carried placards before the Reading game which read ‘Boo Like Millwall.’ It referenced the BLM acronym but also showed their support for Millwall fans who booed their players taking the knee when they faced Derby County on December 5.
A similar incident in Swansea’s home game against Barnsley earlier in September (above)
There have also been similar incidents to the Millwall and Derby game at Colchester and Cambridge, but there was no repeat at Swansea on Saturday.
Swansea haven’t commented on the matter and provided no further update.
When the action got going, Swansea recorded a huge 2-1 win which sent them back into second in the Championship table.
Watford’s former Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley gave the visitors the lead, but Swansea striker Jamal Lowe was the man to turn the tables.
Lowe made it six goals in his last six games and eight for the season with a strike in either half to seal another vital three points for Steve Cooper’s men.