Off the hook: Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand opts not to pursue legal action against derby coin thrower

By Paddy von Behr

Rio Ferdinand has decided not to pursue legal action against the Manchester City fan who threw a coin at him in last month’s derby.

Ferdinand was struck above the eye by a two-penny coin while celebrating Robin van Persie’s late winner, leaving blood streaming down his face.

Police launched an investigation soon after the match, but it has been dropped following the Manchester United defender’s decision.

As a result, the offender is now unlikely to face any punishment for the incident.

Following the ugly scenes from supporters at the fiery game’s climax, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson condemned the behaviour.

He said: “It’s just unfortunate towards the end a City fan runs on and then they throw coins at our players and that. I don’t think you need that.”

But Ferdinand didn’t seem too bothered, making light of the incident on Twitter.

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

Another unsavoury incident on the day did result in legal action, however, after Matthew Stott, 21, ran onto the pitch to confront Ferdinand.

Stott was restrained on the field by City goalkeeper Joe Hart and has since been banned from attending matches for three years.

He was also slapped with a 56-day jail sentence, which was suspended for 12 months.

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