The passion of fanbases is one of the primary aspects that make world football and the sports world so excellent. Unfortunately, those emotions can boil over at times and result in ugly situations with athletes, which is precisely what's reportedly happened to Liverpool superstar Luis Suarez.
Chris Bascombe of the Daily Telegraph reports on Tuesday, Jan. 28, that the 27-year-old striker was pelted with coins by Everton fans during the Reds' 4-0 victory over Everton at Anfield.
Suarez informed referee Martin Atkinson that the despicable act occurred during the first half, but it remains to be seen whether the official documented the incident in his match report.
According to the Daily Mail's John Drayton, the Merseyside Police are investigating Suarez's claim and released a statement:
Merseyside Police can confirm it is investigating following reports of some missiles being thrown during the Liverpool vs Everton football match this evening, Tuesday, 28 January. The incidents took place during the first half of the game when a number of coins and other small objects are believed to have been thrown from the stands onto the playing area.
Officers are requesting CCTV from the stadium and will review any footage as part of inquiries to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incidents.
Anyone with information is asked to call the police non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Two images contained in Drayton's article show Suarez picking up a coin before taking a corner kick that captain Steven Gerrard headed home for the match's first goal. Another photo shows what looks to be coins indeed being hurled in Suarez's vicinity as he prepared to strike.
Reds manager Brendan Rodgers said Suarez didn't complain about being pelted with coins, per the aforementioned reports.
It may be difficult for the police to catch the alleged coin-hurling culprits, but this is a classic example of a small minority of people caring a little too much about sports—to the point of tarnishing the spirit of the game and exhibiting poor sportsmanship.
To have that happen on home turf had to be unsettling for Suarez. At least he didn't let it impact his play too much in the Merseyside derby. In the second half, he scored Liverpool's final goal—his 23rd of the season—as he continues to lead the English Premier League in scoring.
The Reds are fourth in the current EPL table and will hopefully not be subjected to any instances of fan abuse at Anfield or on the road in the future.