John Carver blasts thug after Fabricio Coloccini was hit by coin

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Newcastle manager John Carver has blasted the Crystal Palace thug who threw a coin at Fabricio Coloccini, claiming the defender came "within an inch of being blinded". 

The Toon captain was celebrating Papiss Cisse's opener on Wednesday night when he was struck by the coin just inches away from his left eye. The missile came from the Holmesdale Road end of Selhurst Park, where a section of the most vociferous and fanatical Eagles fans are housed.  

Referee Andre Marriner was later handed the coin and the FA are set to launch an investigation into the incident.

Carver blasted the fan after the game and outlined the long-term damages the impact could of had.

He said: "It just can't happen can it? It's got to be taken out of the game. I saw it and it misses his eye by an inch, another inch and it could blind him.

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"What is disappointing from their point of view is that they have an unbelievable crowd here, an unbelievable atmosphere – it is a fanatical group of supporters in that corner.

"I'm sure the authorities will deal with it. Let's find out who it was and sort it out."

Palace manager Alan Pardew was also quick to condemn the actions of the individual and backed up Carver's plea for the fan to be identified. The ex-Newcastle manager pointed out that the incident was a one-off and he didn't want all Palace fans to be tarred with the same brush. 

"I saw the referee come over to the linesman and hand him something," Pardew said.

"It would be a shame if that was an incident - a random fan acting poorly if that is the case and that is unusual for this club if that is the case because we have a great record of behaviour so I am sure we will look into it."

The incident overshadowed the 1-1 draw between the sides. The pre-match build up was centred around Pardew and his first appearance against Newcastle since leaving the club last month for the south London side.

Cisse's goal was cancelled out by Fraizer Campbell's second half strike meaning Palace have taken 10 points out of a possible 15 in the Premier League since Pardew took over.

They are 13th in the table and two places below Newcastle, although the Magpies were eight positions clear before Pardew made the switch.

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