Fan’s coin attack

Castleford Tigers fan Rebecca Morrell was walking to the Wakefield Castleford match at the weekend when she was struck by a coin

Castleford Tigers fan Rebecca Morrell was walking to the Wakefield Castleford match at the weekend when she was struck by a coin

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A CASTLEFORD Tigers’ fan feared she had been shot by a rival club supporter after being hit on the neck by a coin.

Rebecca Morrell collapsed to the floor after the two pence piece was launched from a passing car.

Miss Morrell, 31, said: “I felt this really sharp pain and my initial thought was I had been shot, the pain was so bad.

“As I dropped to the floor, I saw it was a coin. I felt sick from the shock.”

The rugby fan, who was walking to a derby match between Castleford Tigers and Wakefield Wildcats, said she was left with a rugby-ball sized bruise from the impact of the coin.

Miss Morrell, of St John’s Crescent, Stanley, believes it was thrown from passing car by a rival Wildcats supporter who specifically targeted her as she walked along Doncaster Road towards the Rapid Solicitors Stadium in Belle Vue.

She said: “I had my Castleford Tigers shirt on. There were Wildcats fans walking behind me and in front of me.

“I’ve been going to Belle Vue for years, I’ve never had a problem. It’s put a seed of doubt in my mind whether I’ll go next year.”

James Elston, Wildcats’ chief executive, said there was no evidence to support her claim.

He said: “Of course there is rivalry on the pitch but that is where it stops. Supporters of both clubs mix in the stands together and there is always a good atmosphere between both sides.

“The car from which the lady believes the coin was thrown was driving away from the ground which makes it hard to believe it was a fan – it could have been anybody. We fully support the police investigation and any information we receive will be passed on.”

Castleford Tigers did not want to comment.

A West Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “We received a report at 4.45pm on Saturday August 20 of someone being hit by a coin. Anyone with information should contact West Yorkshire Police on 0845 6060606.”