As Rio Ferdinand went to celebrate Robin van Persie's free-kick winner in the Manchester derby on Sunday, the Manchester United defender was struck near his eye by a thrown coin. The coin gave him a cut just above his eye and following this incident, a Manchester City fan invaded the pitch to confront Ferdinand. Police have now arrested nine people in connection with these incidents on Monday.
City have since apologized to Ferdinand and have vowed to aid the police and the FA in whatever way they can in the investigation. Although the police have not found the thrower of the coin as of yet, they have charged nine people with pitch encroachment, drunk and disorderly conduct and aggravated public order offenses.
The Football Association chairman David Bernstein has condemned the attacks on Ferdinand and has made assurances that the FA will be conducting a full investigation. Bernstein has stated that the incidents at the Etihad Stadium are unacceptable and will be dealt with severely.
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