Bellamy Hits United Fan

01_ball_280x390_893201jCity ace Craig Bellamy may face an FA rap for lashing out at a United fan who invaded the pitch during yesterday’s Manchester derby.

Boss Mark Hughes said: “I did not see it but the guy should not have been on the pitch. That is not acceptable.

“Brian Clough clipped someone’s ear once and was lauded a national hero. Maybe it’ll be the same with Craig but I doubt it.”

The pitch invader was apprehended by stewards during the game, but as he was removed from the pitch Bellamy appeared to go over and strike the man in the face. The FA is already investigating the incident, whilst the failure of United’s stewards to prevent the man entering the field of play after Michael Owen’s late winner will also be probed.

“At the end of the derby between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford, a member of the public ran on to the pitch, and was detained by police and security staff,” a Greater Manchester Police spokesman is reported as saying by The Daily Telegraph.

“During this time, there was an altercation between the man and a player from Manchester City FC.

“No formal complaint has been made by either party but police are continuing to make inquiries.”

The Sun

~ by footballdirecta on September 21, 2009.

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