Mansfield Town boss says somebody could have been blinded after keeper hit by brick thrown through window
MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox said somebody could have been blinded after keeper Alan Marriott was hit by a brick following last night's 2-1 victory away at Woking.
The brick was thrown through a window when the Stags players returned to their dressing room.
It led to the Mansfield players angrily racing back up the tunnel and out behind the stand to confront those responsibile in Surrey last night.
Cox said: "It could have been serious and incidents like this could see somebody blinded, scarred for life when a brick smashes through a window.
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"These people need banning from the game because they are spoiling it for all the good fans out there.
"The brick came through, hit Maz and we looked who it was and a load of spit came through the window and hit me so we went round to see who did it.
"There was confrontation but I am not accepting a brick coming through the window. It is the first time I have known anything like that happened.
"When somebody puts their head through and spits in my face, I am not going to accept that. I would not accept it in the street and I won't accept it here.
"I had a head rush and acted a little bit irrationally but when broken glass comes through and you are spat at, in the eye, and abused, I am not accepting it just because I am a football manager.
"The amount of people who were around the corner to split up the fracas knew what had happened so we will see what action is taken.
"At some point a footballer is going to get seriously injured if we don’t stop things like this. It has to be stopped.
"It is about time the authorities got their heads together and sort these mindless few out."
The incident soured a victory which saw the Stags move into third place in the Conference Premier, three points behind leaders Wrexham with a game in hand.