‘Do we want to play behind fences again? That’s where we’re heading!’ – Ray Wilkins on FA Cup coin-throwing controversy
Ray Wilkins has warned football supporters they will all be punished for the offenses of the minority if fans don’t help the authorities stamp out the throwing of projectiles at matches.
This weekend’s FA Cup action was marred but a number of coin throwing incidents.
Chelsea have vowed to ban the ‘idiotic and dangerous’ fans responsible for throwing objects at Manchester City players as they celebrated scoring at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Football Association have launched an investigation into the events which saw West Brom winger Chris Brunt hit with a coin thrown from a section of his own supporters against Reading.
The Baggies star said he was “disgusted” and “ashamed” by the incident, and former player and coach Wilkins believes fans have the responsibility to turn offenders in.
“This has got to stop, it’s just ridiculous,” Wilkins told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
“Do we want to start seeing football matches from behind fences or netting again? Because that’s where we’re heading.
“These are extremely dangerous situations, especially the one with Chris Brunt. The coin hit him just below the eye so that could have been really serious.
“I would also say that somewhere along the line, because it is a criminal offence, we’ve got to self-police our grounds as well. Even if CCTV didn’t pick it up, someone is that stadium knows who threw that coin.”