Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has put the spotlight on the fans who threw a coin at Didier Drogba after being targeted himself at Villa Park earlier in the season.
The Ivory Coast international has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association - and is also the subject of a police investigation - after appearing to a throw a coin back at Burnley supporters this week. Since the incident the focus has been on the Chelsea striker rather than the behaviour of people in the stands.
Redknapp said: "I have met Didier Drogba and he is a terrific guy, I'm sure it's the kind of thing that when he woke the next morning he would have deeply regretted."
He continued: "Fans should not be throwing coins in the first place. A linesman got badly cut when he was hit by a coin up at Villa and it made a real mess of his head. He could have lost an eye.
"It's something we don't want to see in football but you can't be throwing them back.
"Drogba is a role model back in his own country for what he has achieved here. He made a mistake and I'm sure that he knows it."
Spurs have recorded five wins and draw since Redknapp's appointment but he insists the club, who are 16th in the Barclays Premier League, are still in a relegation scrap heading into this weekend's match at Fulham.
He has been hailed as Spurs' saviour after the best start by a Spurs manager for 110 years, but Redknapp said: "Best manager in 110 years? I couldn't lace Bill Nicholson's boots. There is a long way to go.
"I have told the team they have done nothing yet, one or two bad results and we are back with the bottom teams, one or two good results and we are closer to the top six."
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