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Last Updated: Tuesday, 9 January 2007, 17:05 GMT
Newport fined over crowd trouble
Fourth official Alan Sheffield was struck in the head by a coin from the Newport crowd
Bandaged official Alan Sheffield receives treatment at Spytty Park
Newport County have been found guilty of failing to control their supporters after a hearing into a coin-throwing incident against Swansea City.

The Conference South side were fined 3000 by the Football Association of Wales after a coin from the crowd hit an official during the FA Cup tie.

Newport were also found guilty of failing to control boss Peter Beadle, who was sent off in the same match.

Beadle received a seven-match touchline ban after accepting misconduct charges.

He was also fined 1500, half of which is suspended subject to good behaviour.

Newport will also only pay half of their fine providing there are no further incidents of crowd trouble.

The club were also told to put up signs around their Spytty Park ground and print notices in match programmes to warn fans about their behaviour.

The fines don't seem very high but money is irrelevant in this situation

Fourth official Alan Sheffield

Newport, who defended the charge of failing to control the supporters, have said they will not appeal against any of the FAW's verdicts.

Beadle was sent off at the end of the first-half of the 3-0 defeat to Swansea for arguing with fourth official Alan Sheffield.

Seconds later, Sheffield collapsed to the floor after being hit in the head by a coin from the crowd.

He needed seven stitches in a head wound and also underwent a minor operation to repair a split artery after being struck.

Sheffield said he welcomed the punishment handed out by the FAW.

"The fines don't seem very high, but money is irrelevant in this situation," Sheffield told BBC Wales.

"The touchline ban for the manager will help because it will give him time to think about his actions in future incidents.

"If some good comes of this I will be very pleased because I wouldn't like anybody else to suffer the wound I had. I'm very lucky - I could've lost an eye.

"Hopefully this has done some good and people with think about their actions in future."

Newport fined Beadle, who later apologised for his actions, and reprimanded him for his behaviour, saying that was sufficient punishment.

Gwent police also scrutinised TV footage of the match at Spytty Park, together with video recordings taken by their own officers, but no arrests have been made.

Newport County also launched their own investigation into the coin-throwing incident in an effort to find the culprit.

SEE ALSO
FAW warns Newport over coin act
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Newport Co 1-3 Swansea
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18 Sep 06 |  Wales


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