Police probe alleged coin throwing incident at Fleetwood Town game

Fleetwood Town's Marcus Nilsson remonstrates to referee Carl Boyeson after goalkeeper Chris Maxwell was allegedly hit by something thrown from amongst the Sheffield United fans in the dying minutes. Photographer Rich Linley/CameraSport  Football
Fleetwood Town's Marcus Nilsson remonstrates to referee Carl Boyeson after goalkeeper Chris Maxwell was allegedly hit by something thrown from amongst the Sheffield United fans in the dying minutes. Photographer Rich Linley/CameraSport Football

Lancashire police is investigating claims that an object was thrown at Fleetwood Town goalkeeper Chris Maxwell during Saturday’s 2-2 Highbury draw with Sheffield United.

Maxwell was allegedly struck on the head by a coin thrown from the United end and police revealed that CCTV footage is currently being examined.

A police spokesman said: “There was a coin throwing incident at Fleetwood Town’s game against Sheffield United.

“The club are reviewing CCTV footage to try and identify who has done it.

“Enquiries are ongoing.”

Fleetwood boss Steven Pressley claims that referee Carl Boyeson told Maxwell it was his own fault that a missile was thrown.

Maxwell was furious that the official had awarded Sheffield United a penalty in injury time, when Town were 2-1 up.

Before Che Adams stepped up to convert the spot-kick, Maxwell appeared to be hit by an object thrown from behind his goal, where the Blades fans were massed.

Maxwell suffered a cut above his eye and Pressley said he will report the referee’s reaction.

“I was really disappointed with the officiating of the game.

“I thought the decisions were extremely poor and what summed up his performance was that Chris Maxwell was hit by an object in the last minute of the game.

“He has actually got a cut above his eye.

“The response from the referee to him was that it was his own fault.

“You cannot condone any type of comment from any official like that.

“We will make sure that we report that type of comment to the appropriate governing body.

“It is completely unacceptable and it wasn’t just heard by Chris but it was heard by another witness, one of our players.