Millwall midfielder reveals referee's response after objects thrown onto pitch at Leeds

RYAN Tunnicliffe has revealed he was almost hit by a coin thrown from the crowd during Millwall's 3-2 defeat to Leeds United at Elland Road on Saturday.

A number of objects landed close to Lions players as they celebrated Ben Marshall's penalty that made it 2-1.

Tunnicliffe attempted to hand the coin to referee Darren Bond, whose report will be considered by the FA before a decision over whether to officially charge the Yorkshire club.

"I got a 20p thrown at me," Tunnicliffe said. "I picked it up and flipped and gave it to the referee but he didn't want it.

"I tried giving it to him and he said, 'What am I supposed to do with it?' I said, 'Someone's thrown it at me so I'm sure you're supposed to do something about it.'

"A full bottle of fizzy pop went whizzing past me as well when we were stood there and I think Marshy picked it up and sprayed it because we were 2-1 up.

"I don't want to say it's part and parcel of the game but obviously they're passionate and emotions run high.

"I'm not going to sit here and cry about it, it's been done before and I'm sure it will be done again. I can't stop it or say much about it. Obviously celebrating was fun for us and they tried to get their own back, that's what they chose to do.

"If I threw it back I'd be looking at a ban so I think I did the best thing in trying to give it to the referee and get on with the game."

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John Kelly