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Thursday, 8 November, 2001, 17:20 GMT
Cardiff mascot in sideline set-to
Bartley the Bluebird
Seven stewards were needed to break up the scuffle
Cyril the Swan is not the only mascot of a south Wales football club who can land himself in a spot of bother.

For Cardiff City Football Club is investigating after its mascot, Bartley the Bluebird, was involved in a pitch side punch-up with his counterpart from an opposition team.

The away game clash came when Bartley - a 6ft tall furry
Cyril the Swan
Cyril the Swan shows his gentle side
bluebird with a yellow beak - threw a punch at his rival in the match between Cardiff and Bury.

Bury's mascot, Robbie the Bobbie, is based on the founder of British policing, Sir Robert Peel.

But there was little law and order involved in the second-half set-to at Bury's Gigg Lane ground, which needed seven stewards to break up.

Trouble was sparked during the second half of the game on Wednesday night game when Robbie donned boxing gloves and began sparring with Bartley.

The Bluebird, making his first away trip of the season for a game which Cardiff lost 3-0, swooped on Robbie and smacked a punch on his chin.

Robbie - building worker Jonathan Pollard, 20 - said: "It wasn't my fault- I was just having a bit of a laugh when I was thumped in the face.

Touchline wrestling

He said: "I wasn't going to take it lying down and we had a bit of a scrap."

Bury chairman Terry Robinson said: "It seemed to be a bit of fun until it got out of hand.

"The Cardiff mascot landed a punch on Robbie and they were wrestling on the touchline.

"We didn't want to incite the fans and decided it was better for the pair to be removed."

Robbie the Bobbie - named after Bury-born founder of the Police service Sir Robert Peel - has been in trouble before this season.

Policing approach

He was rapped for "mooning" at opposition fans by lifting the flaps of his uniform.

But a spokeswoman for Cardiff City said they were looking establish the exact sequence of events in the fracas.

The spokeswoman said: "We want to find out what went on."

A short while later, however, the club sought to downplay the whole incident, saying it wished to make no comment.

Even so, City fan Steve Williams, one of 500 who made the trip north, put the blame for the trouble firmly on Bartley's policing approach.

Notoriety

He said: "The Bury mascot was being provocative wearing boxing gloves."

Football fans in south Wales are more used to learning about the antics of Cyril the Swan, the mascot for Swansea City FC.

He achieved notoriety after his antics on and around the pitch landed him a ban from the touchline.

Last month police began an investigation into claims Cyril assaulted a woman at a mascots race.

The incident is alleged to have taken place before the event at Huntingdon, in Cambridgeshire.

See also:

11 Oct 00 | Wales
England manager? Nice one Cyril
07 Jul 99 | Wales
Cyril the Swan turns to acting
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