Chelsea’s FA Cup game against Manchester City turned sour when members of the home crowd threw coins in the direction of the travelling players.
City’s stars were celebrating David Faupala’s first half equaliser when they were targeted by Chelsea fans.
The Blues will likely face an FA investigation, with footage showing referee Andre Marriner picking up several coins from the Stamford Bridge turf.
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Thankfully, no player was hit.
The incident comes a day after West Brom’s Chris Brunt was hit by a coin thrown by a Baggies’ supporter following his team's FA Cup loss to Reading.
According to Paul Hayward, chief sports writer at the Telegraph, a Chelsea official has confirmed any fan found guilty of throwing coins will be handed a life ban from Stamford Bridge.
Series of ugly incidents
Yet it’s another incident that stains the reputation of Chelsea’s fans. During their midweek Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain travelling fans clashed with police.
Last July, four Chelsea fans were banned from matches after refusing to allow a black commuter on to the Paris Metro, chanting: “We’re racist, we’re racist, and that’s the way we like it.”
Meanwhile, a video surfaced last month appearing to show Chelsea fans destroying a Munich cafe before the 2012 Champions League final.
Faupala is 19
This latest incident doesn’t reflect well on Chelsea - especially given that Faupala is only 19 - and it’s no surprise the club will apparently come down hard on the culprits.
It spoilt what was a fine afternoon for the Blues. They progressed to the quarter-finals thanks to a 5-1 demolishing of the Citizens and had Eden Hazard to largely thank.
The Belgian, who it’s safe to say isn’t enjoying a great season, offered a glimpse of his former self by recording two assists and scoring a fine free-kick.
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