Castleford Tigers fan hit by coin at Wakefield Wildcats match

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 RUGBY fan feared she had been shot by a rival club supporter after being hit by a coin.

Castleford Tigers Rebecca Morrell, 31, collapsed after it hit her in the neck just before the local derby match against Wakefield Wildcats on Saturday.

Miss Morrell, of St John’s Crescent, Stanley, said: “Honestly, I thought I had been shot by a gun until I saw the coin drop on the floor.

“It hit me so hard it knocked me off my feet.”

She was left with bad bruising on her neck.

Miss Morrell said: “It hit my collar bone and I broke it a few years ago so it was really painful.”

She says the coin was thrown from a passing car as she walked along Doncaster Road towards the Rapid Solicitors Stadium in Belle Vue.

Chief executive of the Wildcats, James Elston: “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.

“We fully support the police investigation and any information we receive will be passed on.”

A spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Police confirmed an investigation had been launched.

She said: “We received a report at 4.45pm on Saturday of someone being hit by a coin.

Anyone with information should contact West Yorkshire Police on 0845 6060606.