Punish the idiot, not Cardiff City

Let me make my opinion clear on what happened at Ninian Park on Sunday in the South Wales derby between Cardiff and Swansea. The moron who threw a coin at referee Mike Dean, hitting him on the head in the process, should be banned for life and prosecuted by the police.
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I would also like to make it clear that I would consider any sanction imposed on Cardiff City to be a huge mistake.
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Listening to the radio and reading newspapers today, there were lots of people calling for Cardiff, who are currently occupying a playoff position, to be given a points deduction or even be barred from getting promoted, should they win the playoffs.
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The argument for this is that they don’t want the likes of Cardiff presenting a negative image of the Premier League to the world. That argument just does not wash with me.
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Lets get a little perspective here. What happened on Sunday was one fool out of a crowd of over 20, 000. There is no sense in punishing the fans that were perfectly behaved for the actions of one moron.
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Realistically, what more could Cardiff have done? They have identified the man responsible, provided his details and CCTV footage to the police and quickly banned him for life. They also issued an apology and a public condemnation of the incident.
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I don’t see what more they could do. You can’t ban people from carrying money, that’s just stupid. You just have to hope that your fans don’t do things like that. Cardiff has had a bad reputation in the past, but have worked hard to drive the hooligan element out of the club, with banning orders and other such measures.
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Football authorities have worked hard to clean up the act of football, ensuring the bad old days of the 80’s and early 90’s are gone forever. Football has become a family-friendly place and incidents such as this are few and far between. However, it has not gone entirely.
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You will still see objects thrown at players during games, there are still some incidents of fan trouble after games, indeed there were some reports of Man United fans attacking Villa fans after the game on Sunday, but my point is this:
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If you punish Cardiff, where do you stop?
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Do you punish teams whose fans throw objects at players? I have seen fans of many Premiership teams throw objects. Should they be punished?
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What about other forms of abuse? Sol Campbell was subjected to some sickening personal abuse earlier this season, resulting in some Tottenham fans ending up in court, so should Spurs lose points, or be barred from certain competitions?
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Sadly, there is a precedent for this type of incident. Two years ago, a 4th official was hit on the head with a coin in a FA Cup game between Newport County and Swansea. Newport were fined and I hope that Cardiff’s punishment is no more severe than that.
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Sadly there is no law banning idiots from public places so maybe the only deterrent would be if Mike Dean and the referee’s association and maybe even Cardiff City, sue this man and hopefully this will stop others like him?
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Any thoughts?