A picture of the away dugout – taken by Swindon Advertiser sports writer Sam Morshead – was posted on social network site Twitter following Saturday’s 1-1 draw between Cherries and the Robins.
It showed an acrylic glass side panel had been smashed, with a number of Cherries supporters taking to Twitter to point the finger of blame at Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio.
The eccentric Italian showed his emotions publicly on a number of occasions during the game |and regularly made his feelings known to his assistant Fabrizio Piccareta.
However, the Swindon Advertiser understands the damage was caused, accidentally, by goalkeeping coach Domenico Doardo during the celebrations of Andy Williams’s late equaliser for the Robins.
Mitchell told the Daily Echo that Cherries would be pursuing the matter with the Wiltshire outfit and would ask them to stump up for the repairs if they had been responsible.
A similar incident two years ago saw goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who was playing for Notts County at the time, allegedly kick a dressing room door.
However, Schmeichel, the son of legendary Manchester United goalkeeper Peter, later denied he had deliberately damaged the door, claiming he had “pulled the door open, it was lighter than I thought and it opened with a bang”.
Cherries subsequently decided not to pursue the Magpies for repair costs.