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PFA Consider Stadium Safety Netting After Manchester Derby Coin Throwing Debacle

By Chris Wright

Bloody, but 2p better off

As a predictably oversensitive overreaction to Rio being pelted with legal tender at the end of the Manchester derby, the PFA have announced that they’re currently mulling over plans to introduce safety netting as a means to protect players in ‘vulnerable’ areas of the pitch – after all, how could a coin possibly pass through a net?

Said PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor told the BBC:

“I think [the PFA have] got to consider, as has been suggested, some netting in vulnerable areas. I think we’ve got to look at [netting] seriously, as long as it doesn’t affect vision.

“Of course we’re not talking about bringing back fences. I’m just thinking of something that doesn’t impede the view but gives protection to the players.

“It’s a real wake up call to the football authorities, the safety officers at grounds, working with police and clubs to try and do all we can to prevent that happening and to make sure football is there to be enjoyed by all of the community.”

It’s a nonsense of course, as the crowd control nets (as used across Europe) are in place to stop large shrapnel like flares, etc from reaching the pitch. The mesh needed to stop a coin would be far, far too fine to implement without obscuring fans’ views.

Yes, coin-throwing is deplorable but it’s hardly an epidemic. Perhaps the PFA should look at enclosing fans behind huge perspex panels, somewhere akin to a gibbon enclosure? Protective helmets for corner-takers? Maybe the PFA should just ban money altogether? It’d certainly be a sight to behold watching irate fans attempting to pelt players with large novelty cheques.

By Jove, I think we’ve stumbled on something here.

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By Chris on December 10th, 2012 in Man City, Man Utd. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

9 Responses to “PFA Consider Stadium Safety Netting After Manchester Derby Coin Throwing Debacle”

  1. NathanM says:

    All players must wear safety goggles from 1970s science labs.

  2. Davy says:

    Predict players? or protect? Sorry to be a pedantic twat!!

  3. Mike says:

    Maybe they should fit large magnets around the pitch..

  4. SL says:

    Any netting small enough to trap a coin will mean its impossible to see the game properly. Its a great way of taking thousands off the gate though.

  5. Mr. Chopper says:

    Or… You could just ban people found to be chucking shit. Radical, I know.

  6. TravisKOP says:

    All the politically correct bullshit drives me nuts. if that was cantona he’d just fucking kick the twat that threw it. The helmets for corners thing made me laugh but honestly i wouldnt put it past the idiots in charge to implement a ridiculous set of “safety” rules like that. the age of the hardman needs to return, not just in football but society

  7. Pierre Trudeau says:

    Pennies are no longer minted in Canada.
    Haven’t been any injuries since.

  8. dc says:

    yet another case of a couple people ruining it for everyone else

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