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FA probe 'appalling' Ferdinand coin attack

Published on Dec 10, 2012 6:05 AM
Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand reacts after being struck by an object thrown from the crowd during their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester City at The Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northern England Dec 9, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) - The Football Association have opened an investigation into the incident that saw Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand hit by a coin during his side's 3-2 win at Manchester City on Sunday.

The English centre-back was left with blood pouring from his face after being hit by the coin apparently thrown from the crowd in the aftermath of Robin van Persie's injury-time winner for United at the Etihad Stadium.

"It is disappointing that after a great game and advert for the Premier League, that we are discussing this issue," said an FA spokesman. "We will work with the clubs and authorities to identify those responsible and support the strongest sanctions available, including life bans.

"We condemn any such acts and it is simply unacceptable that any player is exposed to injury in this way. To witness Rio Ferdinand leaving the field with a cut above his eye to receive treatment is appalling."

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