Swansea star in trouble after derby day gesture


Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey could find himself in hot water with the FA, after television footage appeared to show him attempting to incite Cardiff fans during Sunday’s South Wales derby, reports the Daily Mail.

Swansea crashed to a 1-0 defeat to their great rivals, thanks to a header from Steven Caulker.

At the full time whistle the Swansea players went to applaud the travelling supporters, although Shelvey was caught making a gesture towards the Cardiff fans known as ‘swim away.’

It refers to an incident which took place in 1988, when Cardiff City fans allegedly retreated into the sea after clashing with Swansea supporters.

Former Swansea midfielder Darren Pratley taunted the Cardiff fans with the gesture after scoring against them in 2008.

There had been concern prior to the game that there may be trouble between the two sets of fans, but South Wales Police tweeted after the game that there had been no arrests made at the ground.

The tweet read: ‘No arrests at the Cardiff City Stadium today. Great to see both sets of fans being passionate & well-behaved’

Cardiff manager Malkay Mackay made no mention of Shelvey in his post game analysis, and was delighted with the result.

“I am delighted for everyone at the football club. It has been a tough three or four weeks for everyone associated with the club and our fans,” Mackay said.

“To see 27,000 of them taking the roof off when the goal went in and the atmosphere they gave us all day is something for which I will be forever grateful.

“We were playing against a good team who have been in this division for three years, have been doing well in Europe and who, on their day, can cause teams massive problems.

“On a lot of fronts I am very happy.”

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