A man has been arrested after allegedly throwing a lighter on to the pitch at Stamford Bridge during Chelsea’s 5-1 FA Cup fifth-round win over Manchester City on Sunday, the Metropolitan Police said.
Chelsea vowed to support any criminal prosecution and ban any supporter found responsible after it appeared objects were thrown from the lower section of the Matthew Harding Stand as City celebrated David Faupala’s equaliser after 37 minutes of the match.
And an individual was swiftly identified and taken into police custody.
“On Sunday, 21 February, officers arrested a man (no further details) in connection with an incident that took place during the Chelsea and Manchester City match at Stamford Bridge,” a Met Police statement read.
“The man was arrested for throwing a lighter onto the pitch and he currently remains in custody pending further enquires.
“Officers continue to carry out enquires into incidents of coin throwing.”
Referee Andre Marriner was at half-time seen collecting three objects from the corner of the pitch. The first appeared to be a coin.
A Chelsea spokesman said: “We condemn such idiotic and dangerous behaviour and if we can identify those responsible then we will ban them from Stamford Bridge.
“It’s worth noting it’s a criminal offence too and we will support any police prosecution, if we can identify, along with the police, those individuals responsible for that behaviour today.”
Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink said: “I condemn it strongly. Those people, those persons, they must not come into stadiums.”
City boss Manuel Pellegrini was unaware of the incident until he was informed after the match.
It was the second incident of coin-throwing in the FA Cup this weekend.
West Brom’s Chris Brunt was struck by a coin thrown from the visiting supporters after his side’s loss to Championship side Reading on Saturday.