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Manchester Derby: Nine Charged After City V Utd
Nine people have been charged in connection with Sunday's stormy Manchester derby - as a pitch invader apologised for "letting himself down".
Another four arrests were made over incidents connected to the game, but police say they have so far failed to track down the fan who threw a coin at Rio Ferdinand - cutting the United defender's eye.
Meanwhile, one of the nine men charged, Matthew Stott, said he was sorry for running on to the pitch after Robin van Persie's late winning goal for United.
The landscape gardener, who slipped up as he ran on to the field before being restrained by City goalkeeper Joe Hart, issued a statement through his solicitors.
He said: "I would like to apologise to all those affected by my actions yesterday, particularly Mr Ferdinand and the other players.
"I am extremely ashamed of my actions. I have let myself down, my family down, my fellow fans down and Manchester City Football club.
"I intend to write personally to Mr Ferdinand to express my extreme regret and apologies and also apologise to Manchester United and their fans. I would like to thank Joe Hart for his actions when I came on the pitch."
Greater Manchester Police's chief inspector, Steve Howard, said: "To have just 13 arrests for a crowd of this size and a match of this proportion is a testament to the policing operation we put in place.
"Despite fierce rivalry and high tension there was no major disorder. However, we will continue to investigate the coin throwing incident and are determined to work with the club to bring the perpetrator to justice."
All of the men, who were arrested in the wake of the clash at the Etihad Stadium, are due before Manchester City Magistrates' Court on January 4.
:: Peter Harrison, aged 30, of Kearsley, charged with racially aggravated public order.
:: Matthew Stott, 21, of Knutsford, and Christopher Johnson, 52, of Alderley Edge, charged with pitch encroachment.
:: Warren Singh, 18, of Heald Green, charged with section 5 public order.
:: Sam Weatherby, 21, of Farnworth, Bolton, and Philip O'Leary, 24, of Disley, Stockport, charged with breach of a football banning order.
:: Christopher O'Neil, 21, of Manchester, Nicholas Morley, 21, and Andrew Martin, 20, both of Blackley, charged with being drunk and disorderly.
what do you think?
Nice of orange/sky to name and shame these men. Funny how it's allowable to breach football fans privacy but you have to wait for a conviction to name thieves, murderers and the like
Well said Grant bang on the button
While it is un-acceptable what happened to Rio Ferdinand, when did it become acceptable for players to goad and torment opposing fans. There was an old saying "If you can't take it don't hand it out". Then complain about what results from your actions. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that from past experience there are some that behave less than intelligently when it comes to support for their chosen teams. So why in gods name make a deliberate attempt to provoke them. If you keep proding a dog it will bite you back one day.
Alan.you forgot man u are a law unto themselves
Why because I disagree with you,been watching foorball for 42years seen it change on the pitch not for the better
Fancy making excuses for the low life in the City crowd there have been many players who have run to the opposite teams supporters to celebrate without being attacked.Ban them for life and as City supporters condone this take 10 points off City`s league table.
Not making excuses,you ever wondered why it happens so many people hate united with a passion
Don't remember so many hating the team I support in the70's when we were winning so much
Craig Bellamy was hit by a bottle at the Theatre of Wet Dreams in a derby, nowt happened then. Adebayor was pelted with objects when he scored against Arsenal. And some might say he deserved it. Nowt happened then either. Stop being such drama queens.
And before the illiterates get on my back, i fully support the offenders getting life bans, which they will.
Not as much hatred as there is towards United
Darren it's that attitude that makes others hate united so much
Exactly Diane. Instead of staying on topic this is what you get trying to have a debate with a rag. Should have learned my lesson by now, my housemate is a red and we can have proper conversations, he must be in a minority. By the way, FA Cup, Community Shield, League Champions in the past 2 seasons. Learn to count as well as spell please Darren.
One more thing to say 5 TIMES
Now why on earth has my latest post been removed what a surprise
Orange/Sky, get a grip, as big drama queens as they are...
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o.k the police will charge me.so me matthew will play the sorrry card ,,i have let everybody down..what a load of c**** to stop these idiots running on the park give them 5 years...
That's a bit much.when sentences are light for far more serious real crimes
Football match + alcohol = idiot
That's the most sensible comment so far.