Blood, Racism Stain Manchester Derby
10 December 2012
The Manchester police are working overtime in the wake of the Manchester derby.
Their first call of duty is to find the person responsible for throwing a coin at Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand.
Ferdinand left the field after the match with blood dripping from his forehead, after being struck by an object thrown from the stands.
City immediately offered an unreserved apology to Ferdinand and United, and launched their own investigation into the incident, and are also co-operating with the police to find the guilty party.
"Manchester City wishes to offer its sincere apologies to Rio Ferdinand. The club unreservedly condemns the actions which led to his 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," the champions stated after the last-minute defeat to their city rivals.
Rio meanwhile, tweeted light-heartedly soon after the match: "what a result, 3points! Sweet! Whoever threw that coin, what a shot! Can't believe it was a copper 2p....could have at least been a £1 coin!"
The police also have their hands full investigating yet more incidents of racism- a theme that has become as common in 2012 as Lionel Messi’s goals.
They are on the case of an alleged racist offence in the stadium, as well as racist tweets regarding the match.
"Man arrested inside stadium on suspicion of committing a racially aggravated public order offence after officers hear racist chanting," the police tweeted.
A second official police tweet read: "Thank you to everyone reporting racist tweets. We are aware and are investigating."
Despite the unsavoury scenes after the game, United manager Alex Ferguson was determined to focus on the result, and what it means to his team’s title campaign.
"Derby games are significant if you win them, but I hope it's really significant by the end of the season,” he said.
“I have not known many more dramatic days than that. You could not take your eyes off it.
“Today was a special one simply because they [City] haven't lost at home for two years and both of us are contending at the top of the league."