Updated: Friday, 29th May 2020 @ 6:20am

'It's gone too far': Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand slams fans after coin throwing spoils enthralling derby

'It's gone too far': Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand slams fans after coin throwing spoils enthralling derby

By Pippa Field

Victorious Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was left disappointed after an injury suffered by Rio Ferdinand from a coin thrown from a fan marred the end of a pulsating Manchester derby.

The Reds defender was left with a gash above the eye after being struck while celebrating Robin Van Persie’s stoppage time winner at the Etihad,

And after watching his side battle back from surrendering a two-goal lead, manager Ferguson believed the game did not warrant such an unsavoury incident with a fan coming onto the pitch.

“We were very determined to win but it’s unfortunate toward the end that the City fan runs on and throws coins at our players,” he said.

“It’s a bit disappointing, the game didn’t’ deserve it.

“The same thing happened at Chelsea with all the carry-on when half a seat hit Michael Carrick and lighters were thrown on. The game doesn’t need that.”

Winger Ashley Young agreed with his manager, adding that it wasn’t the only serious incident involving fans in the game.

“It could have take Rio’s eye out and you’ve seen the cut on his head,” he said.

“When Wayne was taking a corner there were so many objects being thrown onto the pitch as well.

“And on another day, if the pitch had not been so wet, the fan who came onto the pitch wouldn’t have slipped over and could have attacked Rio.

“It’s not nice to see that and hopefully it’ll be dealt with.”

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At the final whistle Ferdinand took the object to show referee Martin Atkinson before throwing it on the ground.

And writing on Twitter after the game, the defender moved to downplay the incident, thanking City keeper Joe Hart for intervening to stop the fan approaching him.

He wrote: “What a result, 3 points! Sweet! Whoever threw that coin, what a shot! Can’t believe it was a copper 2p…could have at least been a £1 coin!’

“Respect to Joe Hart for protecting that idiot who ran on!! Love the banter between the fans but there is a point when it goes too far…calm it!”

Issuing a statement, Manchester City said they will co-operate fully with local police in order to punish any offenders, while the Football Association confirmed they are investigating the incidents.

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