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Coin throwing could have caused Rio to lose an eye

The coin throwing incident in the game last weekend between Manchester City and Manchester United spoiled what was a very good derby match between England’s top two teams.

Fortunately United defender Rio Ferdinand, who was hit just above the eye by the coin thrown by a City fan, did not lose that eye it could have been that bad.

It is not the first time this sort of thing has happened in English football. A lot of times goalkeepers are hit on the back of the head by coins thrown from the terraces. It’s a shame that sort of thing had to happen. When people do things like that, it tells you they are not thinking right and we have to find a way to get through to the fans and make them understand that we understand you have passion but there doesn’t have to be violence in sport.

We have to find a way to get rid of it.

Emotions run high in football and when you have a derby match with a lot at stake things can sometimes get out of control. And the fact that fans often visit pubs close to the ground for a drink or two before the match doesn’t help because alcohol can also play a part.

But as far as a person getting irritated because his team lost, or is losing or not playing well and you want to take it out on a player, no that’s not a good thing.

We understand we have to have fans in the stadiums but we don’t need rude fans who are not going to behave themselves. Every week there seems to be something going on in football that is giving it a bad name and we have to find a way to rid the game of that sort of stuff.

I was never hit in my playing days at West Ham but I always felt it was a dangerous thing to do, especially as the coins are often sharpened beforehand. Luckily for Rio it didn’t hit him directly in the eye.

It was a good game and that act did tarnish it. At the end of the game that’s what people were talking about not the game itself.

Knowing Rio, I’m sure he’s the type of individual who will dust himself off and get ready to go out there and do battle again this weekend.

On a brighter note, I’m pleased for our Nahki Wells who performed so well for Bradford City in their League Cup upset over Arsenal.

The exposure he got from the televised match can only help his career and as I said last week lots of times in these cup games the names of the teams don’t matter. When the ref puts the ball in the circle and blows the whistle the players are all human beings and all equal.

I thought Bradford equipped themselves very well against Arsenal who played typical Arsenal-type football with lots of possession but no end product and that’s what hurt them.

I thought Nahki’s first touch was superb. He had pace and was able to turn them and I thought he did very well. All he has to do is continue to do what he’s doing and a bigger club will spot him. He’s very level-headed and you have to be that way. You can’t be big-headed and think you know it all because you won’t last very long in this game.

Good luck to him and I hope he continues to do well, not only for himself but for his country. It would be a great thing for him and other Bermudian footballers if Bradford could go all the way to the final.

Everybody who is abroad has to recognise that they are playing for Bermuda and Bermuda benefits.

As I’ve always said, the more players we have playing overseas the better it is going to be for the national team. You have Freddy (Hall) and Reggie (Lambe) playing in Toronto and it is a good time for Bermuda and we have to make the most of it.

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Published December 15, 2012 at 8:00 am (Updated December 14, 2012 at 7:02 pm)

Coin throwing could have caused Rio to lose an eye

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