Manchester City have apologised to Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand after he was hit by a 2p coin thrown from the crowd.
The player was left bleeding after he was struck in the face as he celebrated his side’s injury-time winning goal in their 3-2 victory at City’s Etihad Stadium.
Former England captain Ferdinand sustained a cut just above the eye in the incident, which is being investigated by police and the Football Association.
The defender was able to complete the game and left the pitch holding his shirt to the wound, accompanied by a team physiotherapist.
A Manchester City spokesperson said: “We apologise to Rio. We condemn the actions of the individual concerned.
“We are reviewing the CCTV with the police and our normal security. We will support the police with any investigation and hopefully identify the person as soon as possible.”
Man City trailed 2-0 but fought back to equalise before Robin van Persie’s late free-kick secured three points for their rivals.
With blood pouring down Ferdinand’s face, there was more controversy when a City supporter ran on to the pitch to confront the player.
The fan slipped and fell as he approached the defender and then England and City goalkeeper Joe Hart stepped in as he restrained the pitch invader who was eventually arrested.
After the game, Ferdinand said on Twitter: “Whoever threw that coin, what a shot! Can’t believe it was a copper 2p….could have at least been a #1 coin!”
He then wrote: “Respect to Joe Hart for protecting that idiot who ran on!! Love the banter between fans but there is a point when it goes too far…calm it!”
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