London - Chelsea are ready to ban any
supporters found guilty of throwing coins at Manchester City players during
their FA Cup fifth round tie at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Missiles were thrown from the lower section
of the Matthew Harding Stand as City players celebrated David Faupala's first
half equaliser in front of the massed ranks of Chelsea's support.
Television cameras showed referee Andre
Marriner collecting three objects from the corner of the pitch, the first of
which appeared to be a coin.
A Chelsea spokesperson at half-time condemned
the action and said if evidence can be found of who was responsible they would
be banned from the stadium.
"We condemn such idiotic and dangerous
behaviour and if we can identify them we will ban them from Stamford Bridge. It
is a criminal offence," the spokesperson said.
Blues interim manager Guus Hiddink agreed
that action must be taken.
"There were coins thrown at the Man
City players in their celebration. We condemn that strongly," the Dutchman
"I think Chelsea will react. Those
people must not go into stadiums."
It was the second incident of coin-throwing
to mar this weekend's FA Cup action.
West Bromwich Albion defender Chris Brunt
was struck by a coin thrown by his own fans after their shock 3-1 loss at
Championship club Reading in the fifth round on Saturday.