Gillingham boss Steve Evans is confident Cambridge United will do their best to find the person who allegedly targeted their keeper with a coin.
Jamie Cumming went to the Gills bench after the second goal was scored at the Abbey Stadium to say a coin had narrowly missed his face. Objects were again launched in his direction at the final whistle as he celebrated a first clean sheet for the club. Cambridge are investigating the incidents.
Evans described the alleged coin-throwing incident as “disturbing” but has no doubts that Cambridge will investigate.
He said: “The goalkeeper almost got smashed in the face with a coin and if he doesn’t move it is probably serious.
“The person throwing the coin has no place at Cambridge United Football Club. I know the owner Paul Barry and I know the people behind the scenes and a lot of supporters there. It is disgraceful. Let’s hope Cambridge United do their job and find that person. They are a good club and they will do it.”
Evans was booked at the time Cumming had approached the subs’ bench to let the staff know he had been targeted. The Gills manager had been telling the Cambridge bench "in Glasgow terms” just why their keeper was there, earning himself a caution.
“The referee will be able to tell his grandkids he gave Steve Evans a yellow card won’t he?" The Gills boss quipped.
“One of their staff said ‘why is your goalkeeper over here?’ He had just had a coin thrown at him that could have taken his eye out.
“If he doesn’t move his head it hits him in the face, I don’t care where it is, Abbey Stadium or Priestfield, there is no place for it. Would you be wanting to call his young partner and tell him he is in hospital with a coin injury?
“That is not Cambridge United. I have been there many years, many times with my family, I’ve watch games at the Abbey and cheered them when they win. Whoever the culprit is, I am sure someone has seen it and I am sure this club will look. I know they won’t be happy.
“The goalkeeper told me it was a coin. He ran over. They thought he was killing time but he almost had a coin in his face. I didn’t see it but it has no place in football.”
Cumming was booked after the final whistle for celebrating the win.
“The referee maybe making a name for himself there,” added the Gills boss.
Cambridge United say they are investigating and issued the following statement on Wednesday morning;
"Cambridge United is aware of the incidents during last night's match against Gillingham in which a number of objects were thrown onto the pitch from the Newmarket Road End towards the opposition goalkeeper, Jamie Cumming...
"The club condemns this behaviour in the strongest possible terms and will be reviewing video footage to identify the culprits.
"The club reminds supporters that throwing anything on the field of play is extremely serious and will be dealt with accordingly.
"Any supporters who are found guilty of throwing objects will face a stadium ban.
"Supporters with any information can contact the club on email@example.com."
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