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Manchester City apologise for Ferdinand derby coin attack

Published on Dec 10, 2012 6:12 AM
Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand (right) is helped from the pitch by teammate Robin van Persie 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) - Manchester City have apologised to Rio Ferdinand after the Manchester United defender was struck by a coin as he celebrated his side's 3-2 win in Sunday's Manchester derby.

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

Greater Manchester Police have launched an investigation into the incident, while City expressed regret to Ferdinand.

"We apologise to Rio," said a spokesman from the club.

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