The Great Debate: Didier Drogba's Coin Throwing

Barney Corkhill@@BarneyCorkhillSenior Writer INovember 17, 2008

Barney Corkhill introduces a new series to Bleacher Report in which he debates, and asks the readers to join in the debate, current issues in the world of football. Don't be shy to voice your opinion!

I start off with an argument to do with Chelsea's Didier Drogba. Now, as you most likely know by now, Drogba had a coin thrown at him during Chelsea's Carling Cup defeat to Burnley.

Instead of picking up the coin and presenting it as evidence to the referee, he stuck his middle finger up and threw it back. I must say, I'm surprised he didn't writhe around in agony for half an hour!

He has since been charged by the FA, and the time for him to lodge an appeal is fast running out. The likelihood that he will make an appeal, however, is very small, considering he has accepted the fine, Chelsea have accepted the fine, and there is damning evidence against him.

The high definition cameras caught him committing the act in question in the best quality picture.

But, for once, I'm on Drogba's side here. I have made no secret of my dislike for him in the past, I still maintain that he is the most disgraceful player I have ever seen play football, but he was right to throw that coin back.

There are conditions, though. As long as he threw the coin back at the very "fan" who threw it at him, and not just some innocent bystander who was also in a Burnley shirt, then I side with him.

The players have to deal with so much abuse and, when it turns physical, why should they have fewer rights than anyone else?

If a supporter throws something at you, you throw it back. Is that sinking to their level? Perhaps, but that is the way I think it should be done.

Now, a major argument against Drogba is that, if a fan is caught throwing a coin on camera, he will get a life-time ban from the stadium, yet Drogba gets a few matches on the touchlines.

But what you must remember is that the fan threw the coin at Drogba first. If it had been the other way round, then the result would have been a lot different. It could even be seen as an act of self-defence, although that is perhaps stretching it a bit.

If a fan provokes a player, the player should be able to take reasonable action. I support Drogba just like I supported Eric Cantona when he kung-fu kicked the fan, or like I supported Jamie Carragher when he threw a coin back.

It is the same with players on players. If one player provokes you with unnecessary abuse or force, I support them if they decide to take physical action (Zinedine Zidane's headbutt is a perfect example of this).

So, what do you think? Was Drogba right to throw the coin back at the Burnley fans? Or should he have picked up the coin and given it to the referee as evidence? Or should he have even ignored it altogether?

Have your say here and feel free to agree or disagree with whatever I, or anyone else, has said!


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