Newcastle United boss: Colo could have been blinded by coin

STRUCK ... Fabricio Coloccini.
STRUCK ... Fabricio Coloccini.

JOHN Carver has hit out at the “idiot” who threw a coin at Newcastle United’s Fabricio Coloccini – and “could have blinded him”.

Coloccini was struck by a coin thrown by a Crystal Palace fan as he celebrated Papiss Demba Cisse’s goal in last night’s 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park.

It was thrown from the Holmesdale Road end of the stadium, where Cisse headed home a cross from Daryl Janmaat late in the first half.

Former Sunderland striker Fraizer Campbell claimed a point for Alan Pardew’s side with a 71st-minute strike.

The coin missed Coloccini’s eye by an inch – and Carver felt his captain could have lost his sight.

United head coach Carver said: “That can’t happen, can it?

“It’s disappointing from Palace’s point of view as they have an unbelievable atmosphere, and one idiot has thrown a coin.

“It missed Coloccini’s eye by one inch – it could have blinded him.

“You can’t have that in this game. I hope the authorities deal with it, and I’m sure they will because it will be on TV every other minute and rightly so. Let’s find out who it was and sort it out.”

The coin was handed to referee Andre Marriner, and the Football Association will investigate the incident after reading the official’s report. Palace manager Pardew said: “I’m sure the club will look into it.”

Meanwhile, Carver – whose side remain 11th in the Premier League table – admitted that he would have taken a point before the game.

“I would have taken a point,” said Carver, Pardew’s former assistant at St James’s Park.

“After the reports before the game about the pitch, I knew we would not be able to get it down and play our passing game. I thought we dealt with the physicality of the opposition well.

“There was one world-class save from (Tim) Krul from (Brede) Hangeland’s header, and we didn’t have any problems really apart from that.

“It was not a classic again, but it was away from home.

“We realise that, in the Premier League, there are fine lines, and it’s difficult to win matches.

“I will take a point given the hype that there was surrounding Alan and myself.”

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