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Rio Ferdinand coin: Idiot could have blinded me – ESPN pundit Peter Reid

One mindless idiot could have blinded me! Peter Reid relives moment he was struck by coin during Cup tie whilst working for ESPN

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UPDATED:

13:15 GMT, 10 December 2012

It was the shock really that I felt first. I knew I'd been hit by something but I was just stunned. There was a sharp pain then under my eye and I realised it was a 2p coin.

There had been no chanting or name calling just friendly banter with the crowd.

It was half-time in the FA Cup tie between Dorchester and Plymouth and we were stood in the corner, Martin Keown and I commentating for ESPN.

Hit: Ferdinand was struck by a coin in the dying moments of the derby while celebrating Robin van Persie's winner

Hit: Ferdinand was struck by a coin in the dying moments of the derby while celebrating Robin van Persie's goal

Confrontation: A City fan makes his way on to the pitch but is held back by Man City stopper Joe Hart

Confrontation: A City fan makes his way on to the pitch but is held back by Man City stopper Joe Hart

I was actually leaning over getting
make-up on, as I need lots of it, when it hit me. It didn't cut me, I'm
made of Teflon me, but I was very lucky. One mindless idiot could have
blinded me.

The security ran after whoever it was
but I don't know what happened to them. The club were great and
everyone was asking if I wanted to carry on but I soldier on me, always
have done.

Struck: Peter Reid was hit by a coin whist working for ESPN during an FA Cup tie

Struck: Peter Reid was hit by a coin whist working for ESPN during an FA Cup tie

The shock though stayed with me. I
was so surprised by it happening to me there as I was working for TV.
The trouble is there is no legislating for this kind of cowardice.
That's what it is plain and simple. What happened to Rio was millimetres
from the game going into shutdown. What if it had cut his eye

I've heard the calls for netting and
the like but I'm a big believer in collective responsibility. We have to
police it ourselves on the terraces. Clubs can't stop people from doing
this and I'm not having the argument that if we stop players
celebrating then it stops the crowd being incited. If you're a fan and
you see someone do that, tell a steward, report them to the police.

Ferdinand

Ferdinand

Under siege: The United defender holds his head after being struck by a coin thrown from the crowd

There's no shame or stigma in being
the one who tells on someone like that. Good on you. I'm aware of peer
pressure and bravado but getting rid of this mentality will do us all a
favour. There's nothing brave in their actions only cowardice and
stupidity.

The sooner society wakes up to it the better.

Target: Rooney holds aloft a coin after being pelted with objects whilst taking a corner for Manchester United during the derby

Target: Rooney holds aloft a coin after being pelted with objects whilst taking a corner for Manchester United

Newcastle strikers Demba Ba and Papiss Ciss caught up in Senegal riot

Trouble on the terraces: Newcastle strikers Ba and Cisse caught up in Senegal riot after Drogba strikes

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UPDATED:

23:09 GMT, 13 October 2012

The African Nations Cup qualifier between Senegal and Ivory Coast in Dakar was abandoned on Saturday night following crowd incidents.

Ivory Coast were leading 2-0 on the night and 6-2 on aggregate when the match was stopped around the 73rd minute at the Stade Leopold Senghor.

Play was temporarily halted in the 65th minute when a person ran onto the pitch and almost reached Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba before being wrestled to the ground and escorted off the field.

Turning nasty: Senegal fans throw rocks and set fires in the stands at Leopold Sedar Senghor Stadium

Turning nasty: Senegal fans throw rocks and set fires in the stands at Leopold Sedar Senghor Stadium

Watching on: Riot police watch from the field as Senegal fans throw rocks and set fires in the stands

Watching on: Riot police watch from the field as Senegal fans throw rocks and set fires in the stands

Drogba had given his side the lead in the 51st minute with a free-kick and the former Chelsea man then made it 2-0 from the penalty spot in the 70th minute.

Following that second goal there were disturbances in the stands, with small fires being set alight and objects reportedly being thrown as players and staff from both teams grouped together in the centre circle.

A host of Barclays Premier League-based players were involved in the match, including Newcastle pair Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse lining up for Senegal, along with West Ham's Mohamed Diame.

In Ivory Coast's starting line-up were Arsenal striker Gervinho, Manchester City brothers Yaya and Kolo Toure, and Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote.

Duel: Ivory Coast's Souleymane Bamba challenges Senegal's Demba Ba

Duel: Ivory Coast's Souleymane Bamba challenges Senegal's Demba Ba

City said: 'City's Yaya and Kolo Toure are both safe after crowd trouble halted play as Senegal hosted the Ivory Coast in Dakar.

'Disturbances broke out as Didier Drogba put the Elephants 2-0 up, after what was deemed a controversial penalty decision in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

'Fires were started in the stands at Stade Leopold Senghor and missiles were launched on to the pitch before the players were escorted to safety.

'Yaya and Kolo were both involved in the second leg clash and early reports suggest the brothers are unharmed.'

Euro 2012: Mario Balotelli suffers racist abuse

Balotelli suffers racist abuse as Spaniards aim monkey chants at Italy striker

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UPDATED:

09:04 GMT, 11 June 2012

Mario Balotelli was racially abused during his side's Euro 2012 opener as hundreds of Spain fans made monkey noises at the Italy striker.

Just days after reports of the Holland team being on the receiving end of vile abuse during a training session in Krakow, the latest race storm has overshadowed Italy's 1-1 draw with the reigning champions.

Balotelli, who had a frustrating hour on the pitch before being substituted, threatened before the tournament to walk off if he was abused during a match.

Singled out: Mario Balotelli (right) suffered racist abuse before he was subbed as Italy drew with Spain

Singled out: Mario Balotelli (right) suffered racist abuse before he was subbed as Italy drew with Spain

And shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander has advised England players to leave the field in protest if they are targeted by racists when they face France.

He said: 'I support referees taking the strongest possible action in the face of racist abuse from the terraces. They have the power to stop the game. However, if a referee ignored blatant racist abuse, and the England players or their management felt they were justified in walking off, they should be supported in their action.'

Photographer Chris Brunskill, a 35-year-old from Liverpool, witnessed the abuse in the 40,000-seater Arena Gdansk in Poland.

Frustrating: Balotelli punches the ground after failing to get the better of the Spanish defence

Frustrating: Balotelli punches the ground after failing to get the better of the Spanish defence

He said: 'I was sat behind the goal with all the Spanish fans behind me and they were involved in monkey chanting and laughter and mockery whenever Balotelli was on the ball.

'The ringleaders were two fans who were in fancy dress as Spanish tennis player Rafa Nadal. But the stewards just seemed to think it was a laugh, and they did nothing. They seemed to think it was a giggle.

'These two were at the centre of it in my view but there were hundreds in the Spanish section joining in. I would say there were around 200-300 who joined in at times. It was especially bad when Balotelli was involved in any kind of trouble or altercation, for example when he was booked.'

Bad day at the office: Balotelli struggled to make his mark before he was replaced by Antonio Di Natale

Bad day at the office: Balotelli struggled to make his mark before he was replaced by Antonio Di Natale

Another photographer, Getty's Michael Steele from Wells, Somerset, said: 'I could not see who was involved but it was obvious they were monkey chants. It was disgusting. There is no excuse for it. I am pretty sure Balotelli knew what was going on and heard it as he was close to that section of the crowd when he was booked.

'There were also what sounded like derogatory chants in Spanish with his name involved, but I do not know what they meant.'

Greek freelance photographer Yiannis Kourtoglou, 31, who lives in Cyprus, told the Daily Mirror: 'The monkey whoops were from the Spanish end. I could not see how many people were involved but they were clear.

That's how you do it: Di Natale beats Iker Casillas for the Italians' goal

That's how you do it: Di Natale beats Iker Casillas for the Italians' goal

'They were designed to put him off his game and they clearly worked – he had a terrible match.

'It was terrible for him and for me as well. He is a human being not a monkey.' It is still unclear if Balotelli or the Italian bench heard the abuse but manager Cesare Prandelli previously said he would back his player in walking off.

Manchester City star Balotelli, 21, has already been singled out for abuse online with Italian neo-Nazis claiming he should not be playing for the national team.

UEFA have vowed to investigate any racism at the tournament in Poland and Ukraine and Labour's Mr Alexander insists the players should take a stand.

He added: 'If either host country's fans misbehave, the teams could be taken off by the referee with the home team forfeiting the points. 'Hopefully something like that might encourage players to challenge their supporters.'

Reading promoted: Meet Anton Zingarevich mega-rich new owner

From Russia with love (and 460m fortune)… meet Reading's mega-rich new owner

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 18 April 2012

The Barclays Premier League's next mega-rich Russian owner insists he is ready to spend big this summer to make Reading a major force.

Businessman Anton Zingarevich will be at the helm in time for the Berkshire club's top-flight return – after agreeing to buy the Royals for 25million from John Madejski.

Zingarevich – whose family is worth around 460million – revealed his company Thames Sports Investments are working on a summer shopping list of high-profile players.

Russian in: Anton Zingarevich (centre) celebrates Reading's promotion

Russian in: Anton Zingarevich (centre) celebrates Reading's promotion

'We have been scouting for the past three weeks and already have a shortlist, so we'll see what happens,' Zingarevich told BBC Radio Berkshire. 'We will definitely make some moves.'

Reading's takeover was due to be completed last month and, after a delay, Zingarevich is confident the deal will soon be done.

You said it: The Royals are returning to the top flight for the first time since 2008

You said it: The Royals are returning to the top flight for the first time since 2008

'It is all on course,' he said. 'There is a lot to develop here but the infrastructure already in place is key.

'We have already started looking at upgrading the academy and the training facilities. If we stay up after the first year then we will upgrade the stadium.'

Reading: Coming to the Premier League

Zingarevich already possesses some of the attributes to become a big player in the Premier League next season. Obviously, he has the cash – but he also has a supermodel wife in Katsia Zingarevich.

And Reading fans can bask in the knowledge that their new owner has a long-standing affiliation with the Royals.

The 29-year-old studied at nearby Bearwood College and watched Reading from the terraces of their former home Elm Park.

Meanwhile, outgoing owner Madejski, who will remain club chairman, said: 'When we got relegated from the Premier League, the ambition was to get back and we have achieved this now.

'The Zingarevich family have deep pockets and can take the club further. I could not have done this. This is a golden era for Reading.'

Hillsborough disaster blamed on "drunken Liverpool fans", Margaret Thatcher was told

Thatcher told tragic Hillsborough disaster caused by 'drunken Liverpool fans'

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UPDATED:

15:53 GMT, 15 March 2012

Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was told that a senior Merseyside Police officer blamed 'drunken Liverpool fans' for the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster, according to leaked government papers.

The documents show that four days after the tragedy, a member of Mrs Thatcher's No 10 policy unit met senior Merseyside officers who told her large numbers of Liverpool fans turning up without tickets had been a 'key factor' in what happened.

Dark day: Leaked reports have revealed that former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was told by police that Hillsborough disaster was caused by 'drunken Liverpool fans'

Dark day: Leaked reports have revealed that former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was told by police that Hillsborough disaster was caused by 'drunken Liverpool fans'

Ninety-six fans died following a crush on the overcrowded terraces at the stadium in Sheffield where Liverpool were due to play an FA Cup semi-final match in April 1989.

There was deep anger in the city after South Yorkshire Police, who were responsible for policing the game, blamed Liverpool fans who turned up drunk, late, and without tickets, for what happened.

However the papers, obtained by BBC Radio 4's The World at One suggest that view was shared by their colleagues on Merseyside itself.

They include a note addressed to Mrs Thatcher dated April 20 1989 headed 'Merseyside Police views on Hillsborough' and marked 'Confidential'.

Tragedy: 96 Liverpool supporters died during the Hillsborough stadium disaster in 1989

Tragedy: 96 Liverpool supporters died during the Hillsborough stadium disaster in 1989

It contains an account of what was said to be a long-planned meeting between the No 10 adviser and the then Merseyside chief constable Sir Kenneth Oxford and other senior officers from the force.

According to the note, Sir Kenneth said: 'A key factor in causing the disaster was the fact that large numbers of Liverpool fans had turned up without tickets.

'This was getting lost sight of in attempts to blame the police, the football authorities, etc.'

Another officer – who was not named – was said to have directly blamed the supporters.

Report: The police officer was also uneasy about the way fans were turning Anfield into a 'shrine', according to the document submitted to Thatcher

Report: The police officer was also uneasy about the way fans were turning Anfield into a 'shrine', according to the document submitted to Thatcher

'One officer, born and bred in Liverpool, said that he was deeply ashamed to say that it was drunken Liverpool fans who had caused this disaster, just as they had caused the deaths at Heysel,' the note said.

Thirty-nine people had died at the Heysel stadium in Belgium when rioting Liverpool supporters charged Juventus fans before the 1985 European Cup final.

Sir Kenneth, who died in 1998, was also said to have expressed concern at the way Liverpool's Anfield ground had been turned into a 'shrine' by grieving fans.

'He deplored the press's morbid concentration on pictures of bodies. He was also uneasy about the way in which Anfield was being turned into a shrine,' the note said.

Luis Suarez could join PSG – Gus Poyet

Poyet fears under-fire Liverpool striker Suarez will join PSG

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UPDATED:

08:48 GMT, 13 March 2012

Gus Poyet believes Luis Suarez will be tempted by a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

The controversial Liverpool striker is wanted by PSG as part of an 85million summer spending spree.

French fancy: Suarez has been linked with a move to PSG

French fancy: Suarez has been linked with a move to PSG

And Poyet, a close friend of Suarez, fears his Uruguayan compatriot could quit in the summer.

'I just hope that we can keep him in England, Poyet said.

'I would like him to stay in England for English football. Otherwise you lose so much.'

Suarez has become a hate figure on the terraces after he was found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, and subsequently banned for eight matches and fined 40,000.

Fear: Poyet believes Suarez could be tempted by a move to PSG

Fear: Poyet believes Suarez could be tempted by a move to PSG

'He was worried about everything that happened, it was a shock,' added Poyet, who was speaking to the Daily Telegraph.

'Oh, he was [suffering], it was a difficult time. No doubt there's a cultural difference. But he will adapt.

'When you're out – he wanted to play football, remember that. He wanted just to play on the pitch and he was out and it was difficult to understand because of the language, because of things. I am sure he will show his quality because everybody knows he is a very good player.'

Thierry Henry in angry confrontation with Arsenal fan

Henry in rage at Arsenal fan: Hero turns villain after Swansea stun Gunners in thriller

Thierry Henry was involved in an angry confrontation with a fan after Arsenal’s shock defeat at Swansea on Sunday.

The Frenchman appeared to invite one of his own supporters down on to the field in an aggressive manner after the Gunners were out-passed and outwitted as Swansea came from behind to win a pulsating clash 3-2.

Henry, who came on as a 63rd-minute substitute and gave the ball away in the build-up to Swansea’s winner, was enraged by a comment from the away end.

Clash: Thierry Henry appeared to angrily invite a fan down on to the pitch

Clash: Thierry Henry appeared to angrily invite a fan down on to the pitch

The on-loan Arsenal legend, who completed a fairytale return to the club with a late winner against Leeds in the FA Cup last week, was leading his team in applauding the Arsenal support when one fan is understood to have vented his fury at the players.

A club spokesperson confirmed that Henry had said: ‘No matter what, you should support the team.’

Television footage, however, appears to show Henry angrily gesticulating and aggressively shouting towards the terraces.

Unhappy: Arsene Wenger, in a fetching pair of trainers, hit out at the referee

Unhappy: Arsene Wenger, in a fetching pair of trainers, hit out at the referee

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was unhappy with his side’s performance but reserved his most stinging criticism for referee Michael Oliver and Nathan Dyer, who he accused of diving.

Wenger, incensed that Oliver awarded a penalty for Aaron Ramsey’s first-half challenge on Dyer, said: ‘The game was difficult because Swansea played well and also it was decided by some strange decisions.

Paying the penalty: Nathan Dyer was criticised for the manner in which he won a penalty to pull Swansea level at the Liberty Stadium

Paying the penalty: Nathan Dyer was criticised for the manner in which he won a penalty to pull Swansea level at the Liberty Stadium

‘One was by the referee, who gave a
penalty that was a complete imagination and a good dive. Well done to
the player who did it. But our defensive performance was not good enough
and that is why we lost the game.’

Dyer’s man-of-the-match performance could not have come at a better time, with England manager Fabio Capello at the Liberty Stadium for the first time.

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers spoke last week about Dyer’s chances of an international call-up, along with goalscoring team-mates Danny Graham and Scott Sinclair.

Star man: Dyer, though, went on to turn in a man of the match performance

Star man: Dyer, though, went on to turn in a man of the match performance

Rodgers said: ‘I am sure Fabio Capello would have been surprised at the level the players played their game. The front three were a massive threat. Nathan was brought down for the penalty and scored a wonderful goal and Danny with a wonderful finish.

‘It’s given him something to think about, I’m sure. The advantage my players have is that they play a style of football that if they went to international football it would be no surprise for them.’