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Manchester City’s FA Cup match against League Two Cheltenham stopped for six minutes by FIREWORKS

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manchester citys fa cup match against league two cheltenham stopped for six minutes by fireworks

Manchester City‘s FA Cup tie against Cheltenham was incredibly brought to a halt for six minutes due to fireworks being let off outside the League Two side’s stadium.

The Premier League side had struggled to break down the hosts at Whaddon Road in the opening 40 minutes of the fourth-round tie.

But in the 41st minute referee Stuart Attwell had to stop the game due to safety concerns for everyone on the field as fireworks continued to take place outside the ground.

Manchester City's fourth round FA Cup tie against Cheltenham was stopped due to fireworks

Manchester City's fourth round FA Cup tie against Cheltenham was stopped due to fireworks

Manchester City’s fourth round FA Cup tie against Cheltenham was stopped due to fireworks

Referee Stuart Attwell brought the game to a halt as fireworks were let off outside the ground

Referee Stuart Attwell brought the game to a halt as fireworks were let off outside the ground

 Referee Stuart Attwell brought the game to a halt as fireworks were let off outside the ground

Both sides were taken to the sidelines and were seen discussing the situation with officials

Both sides were taken to the sidelines and were seen discussing the situation with officials

Both sides were taken to the sidelines and were seen discussing the situation with officials

Attwell made contact with the local police as both sides were taken to the sidelines and given the chance to take on some water while discussing the situation with the officials.

The police were seen walking away pitchside but soon enough the colourful display had stopped and play was allowed to restart.

Six minutes were added on at the end of the first half, but Pep Guardiola’s men continued to huff and puff and therefore went in level at the break.

It is not the first time that fireworks have been let off in this season’s FA Cup, after they also stopped play in Stockport’s third-round tie against West Ham.

Local police at the ground were contacted to deal with the situation outside Whaddon Road

Local police at the ground were contacted to deal with the situation outside Whaddon Road

Local police at the ground were contacted to deal with the situation outside Whaddon Road

The game was able to restart six minutes later with City struggling to break the hosts down

The game was able to restart six minutes later with City struggling to break the hosts down

The game was able to restart six minutes later with City struggling to break the hosts down

Social media users took to Twitter and claimed it was perhaps one of the highlights of the half.

One user said: ‘The fireworks going off has been the most entertaining thing in the entire game so far.’

Another posted: ‘Cheltenham Town playing a blinder here. Really impressive so far…and the fireworks weren’t too shabby either!’

Others jokingly called for the display to be made a yearly event, with one stating: ‘Have to say the Cheltenham firework display this year was outstanding. I’ll be back again next year for sure.’

Stockport's tie against West Ham earlier in the season was also stopped by fireworks

Stockport's tie against West Ham earlier in the season was also stopped by fireworks

Stockport’s tie against West Ham earlier in the season was also stopped by fireworks

Some fans were left less amused, with one tweeting: ‘Cheltenham could have bought a new player for the price of those fireworks.’

City fans were equally disgruntled, as one wrote: ‘Did fireworks go off because Cheltenham Town made it to half time? What are City doing?’ 

City are having to use Cheltenham’s club bar as a changing room amid the restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Before the game, Guardiola said: ‘We play in these stadiums all our careers, we don’t play in big stadiums all the time, we came from Cheltenham. People cannot forget that and it is a pleasure to play there.

‘We were lucky to have success in our profession and go up the divisions but we were there many times and we changed in bars as boys and we play football with incredible joy.

‘We love this game and we change in these changing rooms for most of our careers most of the time.’

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

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