Alan Pardew, the Crystal Palace manager, has called on the club’s supporters to use social media to identify anyone caught throwing coins – in the same way that it exposed the behaviour of Chelsea fans on the Paris Métro.
Coins have been thrown towards opposing players at Palace’s last two home games, with Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini caught on the face in his side’s 1-1 Premier League draw last week.
Both Palace and the Newcastle manager, John Carver, condemned the actions, but another incident is reported to have occurred during Saturday evening’s FA Cup fifth-round defeat to Liverpool.
The spotlight will be on the behaviour of Palace fans when Arsenal visit Selhurst Park on Saturday and Pardew does not want to see any further repeats after the club insisted they would ban anyone caught in the act.
To help catch perpetrators, Pardew said: “The incident with Chelsea in Paris gives you the strength of social media. So if any fans are next to someone [behaving inappropriately] then film them. Let’s have a picture of them and we’ll try and do our best to find them.
“We represent society at all levels, we get all types of our society here and we can’t control their behaviour to a degree.
“All we can do is put on the best environment and most children-friendly environment we possibly can. We’ve got the best atmosphere in the country and we don’t want to lose that with silly little incidents that have come, and I don’t want to keep going on about it.
“Those few citizens that are letting us down, we need to reel them in and point them out to us.”
Crystal Palace have already stated: “We take a zero-tolerance approach to this sort of behaviour and, if the perpetrators are identified, they will be banned indefinitely from the stadium. If they are season-ticket holders their cards will be made void without a refund.”
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