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Rio laughs off coin attack

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

MANCHESTER, England - Rio Ferdinand laughed off the incident that saw him struck in the face by a coin as he celebrated Manchester United's winning goal in their 3-2 success at Manchester City yesterday.

The English centre-back was left with blood pouring from his face after being hit by an object apparently thrown from the crowd in the aftermath of Robin van Persie's injury-time winner for United.

Writing on Twitter, he said: "what a result,3points! Sweet! Whoever threw that coin,what a shot! Can't believe it was a copper 2p....could have at least been a 1 coin!"

A City spokeswoman said the club were reviewing CCTV footage of the incident with police and that they would pursue the matter "vigorously".

A fan wearing City colours also had to be restrained by home goalkeeper Joe Hart after walking onto the pitch and making his way towards Ferdinand after the incident.

City had not lost a home game in the Premier League for two years and their defeat saw United establish a six-point lead at the top of the table.