Football has always had its violent tendencies.
We see scraps, violence and antagonism but we just seem to accept it because its the norm. But this weekend we saw some cowardly actions from some of our English fans on the terraces, in the form of coin-throwing.
Coin-throwing is an act that has had somewhat spike in popularity recently. It’s terrible to see but at the height of frustration this weekend, there were two incidents that left football fans with a rather bitter taste in their mouths, especially supporters of West Brom and Chelsea.
The Baggies fell to a pretty disappointing 3-1 away defeat to Championship outfit Reading in the FA Cup on Saturday, and some away fans took the defeat pretty poorly, as long-serving player Chris Brunt found out as he approached his supporters after the game.
As he went to give a little girl his shirt after the game, a coin was thrown from the crowd which struck him, centimetres away from his eye. The factor that makes this a little harder to swallow is that it was thrown from his own supporters, so incensed that they’d lost a cup game to lower-league opposition.
Hate in football culture runs deep across the whole country but coin-throwing is a pretty cowardly action and to be attacked by one of your own supporters must be pretty hard to take.
Action needs to be taken but as quickly as we were trying to get over the incident, it cropped up again the following day, this time at Stamford Bridge.
Again there’s a story to it, which makes it a little bit hard to swallow. Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini gave his youth players a chance to experience first-team action for the first time against Chelsea in the FA Cup and fair play to him for doing so.
Despite getting crushed 5-1, it was an important learning curve for some of the club’s future stars.
But many were disgusted to see objects thrown at City’s youngsters as they celebrated David Faupala’s first senior goal for the club. It was somewhat of a shock when they levelled and some of the home faithful reacted by launching coins at some of the youngsters as they rejoiced following the strike.
It disappointed many – not quite what you’d expect in your first taste of top-flight action. It’s frustrating and these players probably won’t be affected by this but as a young player starting out on your adventure, its not what you’d want to happen.
The FA and the police responded by saying they were going to look into both cases but it was shocking to see these actions coming back into the game, and at games where seasons weren’t going to be decided on the day.
Throwing objects at your club captain or 18-year-old’s is pretty low and it was a sad weekend in terms of actions coming from the terraces.
We can only hope the people involved are brought to justice, before this becomes a weekly occurrence.