FA confirm investigation after Wigan keeper Kirkland is struck by missile

22 March 2010 01:22
Nasty: Chris Kirkland receives treatment after being struck by a missile on Saturday

The Football Association have launched an investigation after Wigan goalkeeper Chris Kirkland was struck by a missile from the crowd on Saturday.

Kirkland was hit by an object, believed to be a coin, thrown from the away section during Wigan's Premier League clash at home to Burnley.

The FA will speak to referee Mike Jones and his officials after reading his report this morning and both clubs will be contacted for their observations.

A spokesman said: 'The first priority from our point of view would be ensuring any individual responsible was identified and we would like to see anyone found guilty of coin-throwing to be banned from attending football matches in this country.

'We are working with the clubs and the police to ensure this happens.'

Kirkland was struck on the top of the head in the 53rd minute of the contest, which was won 1-0 by Wigan with an injury-time Hugo Rodallega goal.

Pain: Kirkland holds his head after allegedly being hit by an object

Play was held up for a period as the 28-year-old received treatment.

Neither club have yet commented officially on the incident, other than to say it is being dealt with by police.

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Source: Daily_Mail