Forget Christopher Samba’s late injury time equaliser for Rovers at Ewood Park on Saturday. The real reason why the Sky Blues are not guaranteed a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals right now is all because of a rogue Blackburn streaker. Or so claims Coventry striker Michael Doyle.
Doyle had put the Championship side within touching distance of the last eight of the FA Cup when he gave his side a 2-1 lead with 15 minutes left on the clock. But the ref was forced to add five minutes of injury time at the end of a match after a Valentines’ Day streaker, complete with white boxer-shorts and a matching pasty-white beer belly, interrupted the match during the second half.
Dubbed “Stupid Cupid,” the pitch invader got himself all dolled-up for his February the 14th streak, entering the pitch fully-equipped with bow, arrows and of course the requisite bouquet of red roses. Cupid began showering the turf with rose petals, before allowing the crowd to enjoy a short episode of “cat and mouse” as the security men chased down the villain of the hour.
But not everyone was left amused, as explained by Doyle: “We could have done without him. If he hadn’t come on, we’d have seen out the three minutes added time for all the subs.”