The Crystal Palace match on Saturday wasn’t the most exciting.

The goalless draw featuring last on Saturday night’s Match of The Day as Newcastle came away with their second point of the season.

With such a poor match, it is a real gift to the media when something happens off the pitch that proves newsworthy.

So when Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka was struck by a plastic bottle thrown from the away section, no surprise that it has been given plenty of press coverage.

However, talk of punishment for Newcastle United and the wider fanbase is surely a bit of a joke.

When one loser does something as lame as this then it is that person who needs punishing and nobody else.

It would be different if you have an ongoing culture of bad behaviour at a club and they have done nothing to identify and help punish those responsible.

In fact, we have the perfect precedent from an incident (actually incidents) that previously happened at Selhurst Park.

On 11 February 2015, Crystal Palace played Newcastle, the first match between the two since Alan Pardew had swapped clubs.

Papiss Cisse gave Newcastle the lead and coins were thrown by a Palace fan (or fans), one of them hitting Fabricio Coloccini.

Both club and Police pledged (see below) to catch the person or persons responsible but nobody was ever identified.

To make it worse for Crystal Palace, three days after that incident, coins were then thrown at Liverpool players during an FA Cup match.

Once again nobody was identified/caught.

Crystal Palace themselves were not punished themselves in any way for either/both incidents, so all a bit crazy to suggest Newcastle United should be held responsible for one individual in an isolated incident, that they had no control over.

There were rumours post-match over the weekend that the offender had/has been identified, hopefully that is the case and he (or she…) can be punished, and we can all move on.

Crystal Palace official statement – February 2015:

‘We have conducted our own investigation into the incidents at our last two home matches (v Newcastle and Liverpool), as well as making our CCTV footage available to the police.

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.

The stupid behaviour of a few supporters risks creating a negative image of our club and we would appreciate the help of Palace fans in identifying the culprits, who are not welcome at Selhurst Park.

The club already has extensive security measures in place, including body cameras for stewards, and will continue to improve CCTV coverage at the ground.’

Police statement after that February 2015 Coloccini incident:

‘Officers in Croydon Borough are investigating coins being thrown during the Crystal Palace FC vs. Newcastle United FC match on Wednesday, 11 February.

The incident was reported to police by stadium staff and is understood to have occurred at around 20:45hrs after Newcastle scored in front of the Holmesdale End.

There were no reports of any injuries made to police. There have been no arrests and officers are working with the club and match officials as the investigation continues.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information about it can call police on 020 3276 2219. Alternatively anyone wishing to remain anonymous can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via crimestoppers-uk.org.’



  • Kenny

    No punishment, dream on.

    • Jezza

      Correct. They’ll throw the book at us because we’re Newcastle.

  • Lewis SG

    I hope he is named, shamed and banned from attending both home and away games. What an idiot.

  • Toontaff

    Bet the bottle thrower had a Mitro top on…………

  • Steve Smith

    The guy needs the book thrown at him. Excuse the pun.

    We’re not a tinpot cockney club like “paliss paliss paliss, and thats the way we like it like it like it” so we should be held to a higher standard.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Was this bottle made of glass? Just the way people are putting it, did it almost decapitate then player it hit or something?

    • mactoon

      It was described as a green plastic beer bottle. It was nearly a third full and could have been a different outcome if it had hit him in the eye

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Haha get in, here’s me thinking it was a grenade or something

        • mactoon

          It was more dangerous than that, it was very fizzy 😊

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Haha you can tell the person who threw it has money, a bottle of pop costs about 3 quid down there

          • Kneebotherm8

            Must have been Ashley….😂😂

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Wey he’s got plenty of spare lowey knocking about after the last transfer window 😂

  • Cockneytrev

    If we don’t get the maximum punishment, I’ll be very surprised,
    over the years (possibly paranoia ) I’ve come to believe that we are victimised by, media, refs and the FA ( Shearer aside, against Lennon ) and they like nothing better than putting the proverbial boot into us.
    Has Andre mariner got something against us?

    • Jezza

      You’re not being paranoid. The media and football authorities love putting the boot into that horrible unfashionable football team supported by hordes of frightful working class oiks in a Labour heartland at the wrong end of the country.

      • magpiefifer

        I agree with your sentiment,but,nevertheless,the idiot who threw it needs to be identified and punished – we can well do without that.

        • Jezza

          Yes I agree 100%. The bottle throwing knacka must be found and punished but it must be punishment for the individual not Newcastle fans as a whole.

          • Kneebotherm8

            Or the club……

    • Kneebotherm8

      Could be a three point deduction…….

  • Roy

    Perhaps he was planted in the crowd by Kieth Bishop or another of Ashley’s cronies to bring bad press to the fans and divert attention away from him for a change?? Just a thought… Either way, the one who threw it must be identified and punished.

    • Hughie_Gallacher

      That would not surprise me in the least.

  • Leazes.

    No excuse for it

    but out of interest I’d point out it was a plastic 16 oz bottle….they contain about 19g of plastic…. and the damage would be the equivalent of being hit by a moth whilst riding a bike at 18mph.

    • leomick24

      unless it hit you in the eye and blinded you…idiot.

  • Carverlier football

    The individual should have the book thrown at them (no pun intended)… No need at all for any wider punishment.

  • leomick24

    couldn’t agree more . im a palace supporter and im sure our fans would all agree. hope this idiot is caught , prosecuted and banned. not fair to punish the club and all the thousands of good supporters .