Police are hunting people who put up an offensive banner aimed at Leicester City fans ahead of their Midlands derby with Coventry.
Warwickshire Police said it referenced the helicopter crash which killed the club’s chairman and was hung over the A444 in Exhall on Saturday (January 13).
The banner had a picture of a helicopter on fire. Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha died in a helicopter crash in 2018.
Inspector Mark Calvert said: “On Saturday we saw shocking behaviour from a very small number of people and I’m sure most football fans will join me in condemning the behaviour.
“There were several signs seized across the region on Saturday, we are investigating one left on School Lane over the A444 in Warwickshire.
“We are investigating to establish who was responsible for leaving the sign and will look to take appropriate action.
“The sign looked like it had been professionally made so we’re appealing for anyone who has any knowledge around how it was produced or who placed it over the road to get in touch with us.”
Coventry City Football Club have put a post out on social media condemning those responsible.
“Coventry City completely condemns incidents today which has seen banners being displayed containing offensive content directed at Leicester City Football Club,” they said.
“Coventry City will work with West Midlands Police to identify those who created and displayed these banners, and take appropriate action against them.
“Such behaviour has not place in football or society, and these people are not welcome at our football club, and will be subject to bans.”
Anyone with information can call 101 quoting incident 77 of 13 January 2024. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.