Police investigation launched into abuse of Chelsea duo
The Metropolitan police are set to study CCTV footage from Sunday’s game at Stamford Bridge as they investigate instances of coin throwing during Chelsea’s 2-0 Premier League win against West Ham.
Chelsea captain John Terry was the first to be targeted as he took to the touch-line to warm up. Dozens of coins and even a hot-dog rained down on the England defender as he eye-balled the travelling away fans. Even more objects were thrown when Chelsea took the lead, this time Lampard was the target for the missiles, as the midfielder celebrated his 200th goal in a Chelsea shirt.
“I wasn’t hit by anything,” Lampard told the Guardian.
“I went quite close to the West Ham fans but that was the natural curve of my run.”
Having become aware of the situation, fourth official Howard Webb later instructed both set of substitutes to warm up in front of the home fans.
Despite the troubles there were no arrests or ejections at the time, but Chelsea have confirmed that they will be taking the reports very seriously and will continue to scrutinise CCTV footage in an attempt to identify the West Ham fans responsible.
West Ham also confirmed that they will be working with Chelsea to investigate the reports of missile throwing during the match.
“Any individual found to have acted in an inappropriate way will have to face the consequences of their actions, including the possibility of a ban from attending future matches,” said a spokesman for the club.
The Football Association are also set to launch an investigation when the referee’s match report is filed.