Birmingham City fans have been denied the chance to greet their Carling Cup heroes on a victory parade.
Club and council officials have decided there will be no open top bus tour to mark the team’s first major trophy win since 1963.
Blues have instead planned a reception at St Andrew’s at noon on Sunday which will be part-financed by Birmingham City Council.
But supporters said they were furious they would miss out on seeing a bus tour – the traditional celebration of title and cup-winning football teams.
Fan Shane Gough, of Yardley, said: “We want a parade – the city deserves it. It’s a chance to stand in the streets for the fans and the people of Birmingham.”
Defending the decision not to proceed with a victory parade this time, the council referred to the risk of congestion and of increased truancy rates with youngsters tempted to skip school to see their heroes on a weekday procession.
Birmingham City said a parade had been considered but dismissed on safety grounds after talks with the council.