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Sport24.co.za | Chelsea to ban fans who threw coins

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London - Chelsea are ready to ban anysupporters found guilty of throwing coins at Manchester City players duringtheir FA Cup fifth round tie at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Missiles were thrown from

the lower sectionof the Matthew Harding Stand as City players celebrated David Faupala's firsthalf equaliser in front of the massed ranks of Chelsea's support.

Television cameras showed referee AndreMarriner collecting three objects from the corner of the pitch, the first ofwhich appeared to be a coin.

A Chelsea spokesperson at half-time condemnedthe action and said if evidence can be found of who was responsible they wouldbe banned from the stadium.

"We condemn such idiotic and dangerousbehaviour and if we can identify them we will ban them from Stamford Bridge. Itis a criminal offence," the spokesperson said.

Blues interim manager Guus Hiddink agreedthat action must be taken.

"There were coins thrown at the ManCity players in their celebration. We condemn that strongly," the Dutchmansaid.

"I think Chelsea will react. Thosepeople must not go into stadiums."

It was the second incident of coin-throwingto mar this weekend's FA Cup action.

West Bromwich Albion defender Chris Bruntwas struck by a coin thrown by his own fans after their shock 3-1 loss atChampionship club Reading in the fifth round on Saturday.

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