Charges after Manchester derby

Nine people have been charged following the Manchester derby on Saturday, police said. In the match Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was hit in the head by a coin thrown from the crowd. None of the charges relate to this incident.

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Teenager arrested over Manchester derby racist tweet

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested by police investigating a racist tweet sent during Sunday's Manchester derby.

A Greater Manchester Police statement said:

Police investigating a racist tweet sent during Sunday's Manchester derby have made an arrest.

An investigation was launched following a message directed at a Manchester United player.

A 15-year-old boy was last night arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence.

He has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Man City suspend pitch invader's season ticket

The Manchester City fan who ran onto the pitch in a bid to confront Rio Ferdinand has had his season ticket removed and faces a lifetime ban if he is found guilty of a charge of pitch encroachment.

A Manchester City spokesman said: "His season card has been immediately removed for the rest of the season and he has been charged to appear at court. If he is found guilty he faces a lifetime ban".


Manchester derby: People charged aged between 18 and 52

Greater Manchester police have confirmed that the nine people charged following clashes in yesterday's Manchester derby were aged between 18 and 52.

All are due before Manchester City Magistrates' Court on 4 January next year. Police said four other arrests were made.

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."

Manchester City helping police over fan coin missile

Detectives said officers are working with Manchester City Football club to identify who threw a coin at Rio Ferdinand.

Charges of those arrested included a racially aggravated public order, pitch encroachment, public order, breach of a football banning order and being drunk and disorderly.

Chief Inspector Steve Howard said: "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."

Full Manchester City statement

Manchester City has released the following statement on its website after Rio Ferdinand was hit above the left eye by a two-pence coin thrown from the crowd near the end of a heated derby clash.

Manchester City FC security officials are co-operating fully with Greater Manchester Police in relation to events leading up to the throwing of missiles onto the field of play, and between the two sets of supporters, during today’s game against Manchester United.Manchester City wishes to offer its sincere apologies to Rio Ferdinand.

The Club unreservedly condemns the actions which led to him being injured.

GMP’s review of all fan behaviour at today’s match will be fully supported by the Club, through the provision of CCTV footage and eyewitness accounts. Following this review, and any associated police action, the Club will also apply its own disciplinary policies for any fans found guilty of offences.


Ashley Young: Rio Ferdinand could have lost an eye

Manchester United winger Ashley Young has expressed concern over the security of players after team-mate Rio Ferdinand was struck by an object during the Manchester derby.

It could have taken Rio's eye out and you've seen the cut on his head.

When 'Wazza' [Rooney] was taking a corner there were so many objects being thrown on to the pitch as well and, on another day, if the pitch had not been so wet, the fan who came on to the pitch wouldn't have slipped over and could have attacked Rio.

It's not nice to see that and hopefully it'll be dealt with.

– Ashley Young on MUTV

FA spokesman calls Rio Ferdinand incident 'appalling'

It is disappointing that after a great game and advert for the Premier League that we are discussing this issue.

We will work with the clubs and authorities to identify those responsible and support the strongest sanctions available, including life bans.

We condemn any such acts and it is simply unacceptable that any player is exposed to injury in this way. To witness Rio Ferdinand leaving the field with a cut above his eye to receive treatment is appalling.

– FA spokesman

FA to investigate Rio Ferdinand incident

The FA has said it is investigating Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand's injury after being hit in the hear by an object throw from the crowd. A statement on the FA website read:

The FA is investigating the incident in which an object was thrown from the crowd and hit Rio Ferdinand following Manchester United's third goal against Manchester City on Sunday.

The FA will liaise with Greater Manchester Police and await the reports of both our crowd control advisor who was present at the game and the match referee.

– FA statement

Manchester City apologise over Rio Ferdinand incident

Manchester City have apologised to Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand after he was hit by a coin during his team’s 3-2 win at the Etihad Stadium.

We apologise to Rio. We condemn the actions of the individual concerned.

We are reviewing the CCTV with the police and our normal security.

We will support the police with any investigation and hopefully identify the person as soon as possible.

– Manchester City spokesman
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