The sight of blood trickling down the face of Manchester
United defender Rio Ferdinand after being hit by a coin
thrown by a Manchester City fan marred his side's 3-2 victory
in a dramatic Premier League derby today.
Ferdinand was celebrating Robin van Persie's stoppage time
winner when he clutched his face and moved away with blood
seeping from a wound near his eye.
The incident at City's Etihad Stadium, and another soon after
when a fan ran on to the pitch apparently to confront
Ferdinand, detracted from a match full of raw passion and
United manager Alex Ferguson said a spate of recent crowd
problems was becoming a cause for concern.
"It's unfortunate that a City fan runs on and coins are
thrown," he told the BBC. "That shouldn't happen. The same
thing happened at Chelsea, which was masked by all the other
things. We could have done without that."
Referring to the incident at Stamford Bridge in October when
a steward was injured by Chelsea fans when United celebrated
an equally dramatic win, the Scot added: "At Chelsea, We had
half a seat thrown on the pitch, coins, lighters, and nothing
done about it. It's a problem."
A City spokesman said CCTV footage of the incident was being
reviewed and the club issued a statement.
"We apologise to Rio. We condemn the actions of the
individual concerned. We will support the police with any
investigation and hopefully identify the person as soon as
possible," it said.
Ferdinand attempted to make light of the incident later on
Twitter, saying: "Whoever threw that coin, what a shot! Can't
believe it was a copper 2p... could have at least been a £1