Investigation commences on Coin-throw at Chelsea

An inquisition has begun after various missiles were aimed at Frank Lampard following his opening goal at Stamford Bridge in the 2-0 win for Rafa Benitez’s side

The Metropolitan Police have begun an investigation after a series of coins and missiles were thrown onto the pitch during Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over London rivals West Ham at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

The incident occurred after the hosts’ opening goal, scored by former Hammer Frank Lampard, who celebrated his 200th goal for the club with team-mate John Terry in front of the West Ham supporters as coins were thrown at him from the away fans.

“We are investigating instances of coin-throwing at Chelsea versus West Ham on Sunday, March 17,” said a Metropolitan Police spokesperson.

“There have been no arrests. Inquiries continue.”

West Ham have also issued a statement on the incident, after an official complaint was lodged with the police.

“West Ham United will be working with Chelsea to investigate the reports of missile throwing during SundayÔÇÖs game at Stamford Bridge,” the statement read.

“Any individual found to have acted in an inappropriate way will have to face the consequences of their actions, including the possibility of a ban from attending future matches.”

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez was quick to defend Lampard from accusations he had incited West Ham fans by celebrating in front of them, arguing that the emotion of the landmark goal meant he could be excused.

“When you score 200 goals you donÔÇÖt think too much about where you go,” Benitez told reporters.

“You celebrate and afterwards we realised he would’ve been better to be in another part.”