Steward withdrawn for playing ‘ayatollah’ alongside Swansea City fans in Cardiff derby match



A steward was dismissed from his post at the South Wales Derby on Sunday for making a gesture from Cardiff City Football Club to Swansea City.

Before kick-off at stadium, two rows of stewards lined up on either side of a block in the grandstand separating fans from the two teams who attended the match, which ended in a 3- win. 0 for the Swans over their bitter rivals.

About half an hour before kick-off, one of those stewards working the Swansea side turned to the Cardiff crowd and performed the ayatollah – the famous celebration of the Bluebirds, which sees them pat each other the head. He was greeted with loud cheers of approval from the Cardiff contingent. Learn more about Swansea City here.

READ MORE: What is Ayatollah? Why are Cardiff City fans doing it?

A police officer was seen speaking to the flight attendant after agitated Swansea fans made their feelings known.

A few minutes later the steward was seen being guided up the stairs and when he reached the bottom he turned to the Cardiff contingent and did the celebration again.

He was then led into the lobby by a group of flight attendants.

Swansea City Football Club has been approached but declined to comment.

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