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The Football Association will review referee Michael Oliver’s extraordinary
incident report into the coin-throwing at Wayne Rooney during Manchester
United’s 2-0 victory at Selhurst Park before deciding on any action against
Crystal Palace for failing to control their supporters.
Oliver, who was handed a coin by Rooney
which had allegedly been thrown from the stands during the first half of
Saturday’s fixture, is expected to submit his report on Monday morning.
Rooney was repeatedly targeted with missiles while taking corners in the early
stages of the game against Tony Pulis’s team, prompting stewards to
intervene in an attempt to control what appeared to be a rowdy group of
Palace supporters in that section of the Holmesdale Road Stand.
United manager David Moyes played down the incident after the game,
claiming: “I would have thought all these supporters will be cheering for
him in three months (at the World
“I don’t think it bothered Wayne.”
Despite Moyes’s relaxed view of the coin-throwing, the incident was the latest
high-profile example of players being targeted by missiles thrown from the
The Metropolitan Police are continuing to investigate an outbreak of missiles
thrown at Arsenal
winger Theo Walcott during the Gunners’s FA Cup third round victory against Tottenham
Hotspur at the Emirates last month.
And Rooney’s United team-mate Rio Ferdinand was left with a cut above his eye
after being struck by a coin thrown from the crowd during a derby victory at
Manchester City in December 2012.
Palace are expected to be asked to supply any CCTV evidence at their
disposal in an effort to identify the alleged coin throwers.
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