Rio will not pursue complaint against coin thrower who left him bleeding during derby
11:30 GMT, 5 January 2013
11:36 GMT, 5 January 2013
Rio Ferdinand has told police he does not want to press charges against the fan who threw a coin at him during a heated Manchester derby.
The Manchester United defender, 34, was struck by a two-pence piece last month.
Blood was seen streaming from the cut as United won 3-2 at the Eithad Stadium thanks to Robin van Persie's late winner.
Nasty: Rio Ferdinand was left bleeding after being hit by a coin last month
Police began an investigation into the incident but having contacted United, were told Ferdinand did not wish to pursue a complaint, reports the Manchester Evening News.
As a result, the probe was dropped and the offender is now unlikely to face punishment.
Manchester City apologised to the player immediately and Ferdinand himself made light of the altercation.
Agony: Ferdinand recalls after being hit during the Manchester derby
He posted a message on Twitter which read: '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!;
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said afterwards: '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.”
Van Persie added: 'That should not really happen on a football pitch.'
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Meanwhile, the City fan who stormed on to the
football field to confront Ferdinand at the end of the match has been banned from attending matches for three years.
Matthew Stott, 21, was told he came close to going to prison, but instead his 56-day jail term was suspended for 12 months.
had to be restrained by City goalkeeper Joe Hart from confronting