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Poll: Should netting be put up at football grounds to stop fans throwing coins?

PUBLISHED: 15:10 10 December 2012

Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand holds his head after being hit by a coin during the match at the Etihad Stadium. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand holds his head after being hit by a coin during the match at the Etihad Stadium. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

The sight of blood running down the face of Rio Ferdinand after the Manchester derby on Sunday has ignited calls for netting to be introduced to stop fans throwing objects at players.

Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor believes the incident shows there is a case for putting netting up around areas of the pitch for the protection of players.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: “I think you’ve got to give consideration to possibly, as has been suggested, some netting in vulnerable areas, be it behind the goals and round the corner flags.”

But Malcolm Clarke, chairman of the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF), said putting netting up to prevent missiles being thrown at players would be a “knee-jerk reaction”.

He added he hoped supporters would become more self-policing and that peer pressure would also prevent fans throwing coins.

There have been similar incidents where players have had to cower under a hailstorm of bottles and coins, including one at Carrow Road last year.

During Norwich City’s match against Reading last February, assistant referee Adrian Sannerude was hit of the side of the head by a lighter thrown from the crowd.

The incident happened in the 77th minute during the tense finale to the match against the Royals before Grant Holt scored Norwich City’s late winner.

Reading defender Ian Harte - who had been jeered by the crowd during the game after a controversial incident between the teams when they met in November - was preparing to take a throw-in in front of the visiting fans.

Other incidents include Craig Bellamy suffering in another clash between the Manchester rivals, when they met in the Carling Cup semi-final in 2010. He fell to the ground after being hit in the back of the head whilst taking a corner kick for City.

Earlier this season, Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland was attacked in the face by a Leeds fan who burst onto the pitch. The incident occurred shortly after Kirkland conceded an equaliser at Wednesday’s Hillsborough Stadium.

Controversy also erupted in October this year when a steward required pitch-side treatment after a number of objects, including the back of a chair, were launched onto the pitch during a match between Chelsea and Manchester United.

Do you think netting should be put up at football stadia, including Carrow Road, to stop objects being thrown?

Have you witnessed fans throwing coins or other objects at footballers?

Vote in our poll and leave your comments below


  • Please no netting. There is a very simple answer in these days of CCTV. 1st offence the club of the offending "fan" gets a 3 point fine, 2nd 6 points etc. we'd see some serious self policing then. I doubt the authorities would have the courage.

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    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Netting wouldn't stop coins unless the mesh was so small it would obscure the view. The emphasis and expenditure should be placed on club's identifying the perpetrators and ensuring full weight of law comes down on them. That is one of the reasons its seated stadiums with CCTV isn't it? And if clubs can't identify the guilty ones, then points deductions, then ground closures.

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    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • I am in favour of it, because people are getting more and more inclined to carry out acts of stupidity to get their faces noticed, however it's going to be another one of those things where the debate will drag on for months or even years and nothing will be done for a long, long while, therefore for the time being I hope the minority of thugs would grow up a little bit and enter the real world!

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    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Ultimately, if people's lives are going to be put in danger by fools, I don't see what alternative there is. It spoils the enjoyment for the majority of the fans, but there you go. Perhaps if the other fans stepped up and reported the cretins that did it, it might be different, but it appears that that didn't happen.

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    Adam Penny

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • The key to controlling this behaviour is not to accept that it will happen and try to reduce the effect with netting. Instead, CCTV and other monitoring should be used to identify the individuals, in order to prosecute them and ban them for life. The perpetrators are not fans, but criminals, unwanted at any club.

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    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Just ban all fans. Nobody really cares about us anyways.

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    Duncan Borrett

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Why not play all the games behind closed doors at the TV scheduling convenience. Fans could then take out 25 year loans to pay to watch them on TV. Fan noises could be played through a PA system like Stoke do. The game graphics are now so good that we could do away with expensive players all together and just have simulated games based on Lawro's predictions. If you took this virtual route, rival fans could then have enormous battles using their game controllers and massive fights on the terraces could spill over onto the field. It could happen...

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

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