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City pitch invader banned

2013-01-05 09:07

Manchester - A Manchester City fan who confronted Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand on the Eastlands pitch in an ugly incident following last month's Premier League clash has been banned from attending matches for three years.

Matthew Stott, 21, had to be restrained by City goalkeeper Joe Hart as he tried to reach Ferdinand, who was already bleeding from a cut caused by a coin thrown from the stands.

Ferdinand had been celebrating Robin van Persie's late goal, which gave United a 3-2 win over their bitter rivals, when tempers boiled over.

Television footage of the incident was played at Manchester Magistrates Court showing Stott, who had been drinking heavily before kick-off, trying to get at the United defender.

Andy Holt, prosecuting, told the court after police caught him and cuffed him on the pitch he shouted a stream of abuse, even mocking the victims of the 1958 Munich disaster which saw several United players killed in a plane crash.

Stott, a landscape gardener, pleaded guilty to encroaching on the field of play and using insulting words or behaviour during the incident on December 9.

Stott was told he came close to going to prison, but instead his 56-day jail term was suspended for 12 months.

As well as the football ban and suspended jail sentence, he was ordered to do 120 hours community service, pay £145 in costs and observe a 00:00 to 08:00 home curfew for three months.

Reuters

Comments
  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2013-01-05 09:53

    Jail time is the only thing that will stop the rot. In the cold light of day any hooligan can clean up their act, put on a suit and plead clemency. Similar to that SA cake who stormed that pitch during an SA/NZ rugby test and attacked the ref. That is downright barbarism and hooliganism, which these guys blame on alcohol and emotion. These idiots should spend time in jail for ruining a perfectly good game. Rio could have lost an eye with the coin-throwing. Had Hart not stopped this bozo, someone could have gotten seriously hurt. The judge missed an opportunity to set a strong precedent here I think.

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