Manchester City fan who confronted Rio Ferdinand is spared jail

Joe Hart stepped in and confronted the fan. Photo: PA

A Manchester City fan who stormed on to the football field to confront Rio Ferdinand at the end of a heated Manchester Derby has been banned from attending football matches for three years.

Matthew Stott, 21, of Southfields in Cheshire, was told he came close to going to prison, but instead his 56 days jail term was suspended for 12 months.

Stott had to be restrained by City keeper Joe Hart from confronting Ferdinand, who was already bleeding from a cut caused by a coin thrown from the stands at the end of the explosive local grudge match on December 9.

The landscape gardener, who had sunk eight pints of lager before kick-off, pleaded guilty to encroaching on the field of play and using insulting words or behaviour.