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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 14, April 5, 2009, Article 25

WELSH FOOTBALL FANS PELT REFEREE WITH COINS (AND NOT IN A GOOD WAY)

Knowing that we've highlighted a number of nontraditional uses for coins in the past, Len Augsburger forwarded news from Wales about a new use - a missile. Don't try this at home, folks. -Editor
A football referee was hit in the head by a coin thrown from the stands during a second division English game between rival Welsh teams.

Mike Dean was cut above his right eye but continued to officiate the League Championship match between Cardiff and Swansea at Ninian Park after being treated. Police arrested a Cardiff supporter.

"It was an absolutely crazy thing to do," Cardiff manager Dave Jones said. "Throwing a coin could have easily taken someone's eye out. It could have hit one of our players, one of the Swansea players or the referee. Why do it?"

Police officers are studying CCTV to identify other fans who appeared to throw missiles onto the field.

To read the complete article, see: Ref's head cut by coin hurled by fan (sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/soccer/04/05/referee.coin.ap/index.html)



Wayne Homren, Editor

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