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Poll condemns FAW over coin row

Mike Dean
Referee Mike Dean was hit during the south Wales derby at Ninian Park

Former Premier League referee Graham Poll has criticised the Football Association of Wales over coin throwing at a Cardiff-Swansea derby match.

Referee Mike Dean's head was cut after a missile hit him during the 5 April 2-2 draw at Ninian Park.

BBC Sport Wales understands that the FAW is not taking disciplinary action because of Cardiff's swift response.

Poll said: "There seems to be a reluctance to act with strength, to act to say... 'this is not acceptable'."

Poll says the FAW's actions are in stark contrast to the punishment meted out to Newport County following an incident in November 2006.

On that occasion the FAW fined Newport £3,000 for failing to control their fans and were also found guilty of failing to control then-boss Peter Beadle, who was sent off in the match.

Poll said: "All too often referees are accused of behaving differently with the biggest clubs... and yet it seems that the FAW have fallen into that trap as well."

He added: "They [Newport] were fined heavily and yet Cardiff City - once again - escaped."


Poll also feels that the Bluebirds would probably have been dealt with more harshly by the Football Association than they have been by the FAW.

"The point is if you keep saying, 'ah, well they've acted swiftly, well done,' nothing will ever change and as I said at the time it wouldn't have been such a bad thing had the referee said 'I'm abandoning the match'," said Poll.

"That's happened in Europe. It's happened to Anders Frisk, one of the most senior referees of all time, and I'm not sure that's not the right thing to do now."

Dean was struck and cut on the head by a coin as he officiated the 5 April derby and a man was ejected from the ground and was later banned for life by the club.

Cardiff chairman Peter Ridsdale and manager Dave Jones were also quick to publicly condemn such incidents, with Ridsdale saying at the time: "It's a disgrace, it's unacceptable, it makes you sick."

In a letter received by Cardiff City, the FAW writes: "After taking all matters into consideration, the FA of Wales has determined formal action against Cardiff City on this occasion would not be warranted."

The Bluebirds are expected to make an official club statement early this week, which should then enable a line to be drawn under the unsavoury incident.

David Roberts, 24, from Pontypridd, appeared before Cardiff Magistrates' Court over the incident at Ninian Park and admitted the charge of "throwing a missile towards the pitch".

He was fined £200 and given a three-year banning order, although Mr Roberts denied throwing the coin which injured referee Dean - instead insisting he threw a piece of chewing gum.

It is understood that the quick reaction of Cardiff City in identifying potential trouble-makers in their Ninian Park ground, co-operation with South Wales Police, and banning undesirable elements has been looked upon favourably by the FAW.

Welsh football's governing body has the power to punish clubs, ranging from everything from a fine to making them play behind closed doors.

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see also
City pitch missile thrower banned
20 Apr 09 |  South east
Arrests after ref hit by missile
05 Apr 09 |  South east
Cardiff 'blameless' in coin row
07 Apr 09 |  Cardiff
FAW starts coin-throwing inquiry
06 Apr 09 |  Cardiff
Monk says coins 'thrown all game'
06 Apr 09 |  Swansea
Cardiff 2-2 Swansea
05 Apr 09 |  Championship
Martinez blames 'emotional' ref
06 Apr 09 |  Swansea
Police warning on derby disorder
06 Apr 09 |  South east
Sour note for Ninian farewell
05 Apr 09 |  Cardiff
Newport fined over crowd trouble
09 Jan 07 |  FA Cup

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