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Zola: Reading Fans Lacked Class

The Birmingham City manager wasn't happy.

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Birmingham City boss Gianfranco Zola told the press after his side's defeat to the 3rd-placed Royals that the traveling fans "lacked class".

The Blues haven't won a game since unceremoniously dumping Gary Rowett in favour of Gianfranco Zola back in December, a run that now stretches to ten games.

The 627 traveling Reading fans used their 1-0 win as an opportunity to goad the amicable Italian, chanting "One Gary Rowett" as the game drew to a close.

It clearly got to him, as he told the Birmingham Mail:

"I was expecting a little bit more class from them.

"They haven't been very nice to be honest . But it's OK. I understand that, they like to give stick. I would like one day to be the one giving stick as well.

"It wasn't very nice, I think you can be winning the game and a little touch more class than they had. But it's OK."


This isn't an issue with class, this is an issue of a manager under pressure after a likable manager was sacked for — what looks like — egotistical reasons.

But what do you think? Was it a classless act from the traveling fans? Let us know in the comments below.