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Manchester United gun down rivals city at the Etihad stadium to end the 37 games unbeaten run of the Citizens. Robin van Persie’s injury-time free-kick inspired Manchester United to a 3-2 win to extend their advantage to 6 points at the top of the Epl table. An epic derby was overshadowed by some outrageous city fans who threw coins at United defender Rio Ferdinand who finished the game with a cut near his left eye.
One person has been charged with a racially aggravated public order offence, and two with pitch encroachment. Two other men were charged with breaching a football banning order, one a section 5 public order offence and three with being drunk and disorderly. All the 9 will be presented in-front of the Manchester City Magistrates’ Court on January 4.
Injuried Ferdinand took to Twitter to share his thoughts about the game,
“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!” was the statement he tweeted.
Ferdinand also thanked City goalkeeper Joe Hart who stopped a fan who was running at him.
“Respect to Joe Hart for protecting that idiot who ran on!! Love the banter between fans but there is a point when it goes too far…calm it!”
“Manchester City wishes to offer its sincere apologies to Rio Ferdinand,” City said in a statement. “The club unreservedly condemns the actions which led to his being injured.” The English Football Association launched its own investigation into the attack on Ferdinand, and called for the guilty fans to be banned from the sport for life.