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Manchester City apologise to Ferdinand over coin-throwing incident

The United defender was struck above the eye in the closing moments of their 3-2 derby win at the Etihad.

Ferdinand is hit by a coin. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

MANCHESTER CITY HAVE apologised to Rio Ferdinand over a coin-throwing incident which occurring during this afternoon’s Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium.

The away side scored late on through Robin van Persie to secure a 3-2 win over their city rivals and extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to six points.

The game was marred by an incident which saw United defender Ferdinand struck above the eye by coin thrown from the crowd before a Manchester City fan confronted the same player and had to be restrained by City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

City have since released a statement apologising to the former England skipper.

It reads: ”Manchester City FC security officials are co-operating fully with Greater Manchester Police in relation to events leading up to the throwing of missiles onto the field of play, and between the two sets of supporters, during today’s game against Manchester United.

Manchester City wishes to offer its sincere apologies to Rio Ferdinand. The Club unreservedly condemns the actions which led to his being injured.

“GMP’s review of all fan behaviour at today’s match will be fully supported by the Club, through the provision of CCTV footage and eyewitness accounts. Following this review, and any associated police action, the Club will also apply its own disciplinary policies for any fans found guilty of offences.”

Ferdinand laughed it off after the game, tweeting:

Credit: CLINT HUGHES/AP/Press Association Images

Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Credit: CLINT HUGHES/AP/Press Association Images

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