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