Nine people have been charged following arrests at yesterday’s Manchester derby – and police are vowing to bring the coin throwing culprit ‘to justice’.
A variety of different charges were made, including a racially aggravated public order, one for pitch encroachment, and three for being drunk and disorderly.
Four other arrests were made, including a 50-year-old man for ticket touting who was released without charge, and a 33-year-old man who is still being held on suspicion of possessing a class A drug.
The police are still working with Manchester City Football Club to identify who threw a coin at Rio Ferdinand following Robin Van Persie’s late goal.
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.
“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.”
This morning, former Manchester United midfielder Paddy Crerand made an angry outburst on BBC Radio Five Live when presenters claimed listeners blamed Ferdinand’s goal celebrations.
The 73-year-old furiously denied that Ferdinand’s celebrations could be to blame and asked commentator Chris Warbuton ‘what planet are do they live on?’.
The following people were charged:
Peter Harrison, 30, of Springfield Rd, Kearsley was charged with racially aggravated public order.
Matthew Stott, 22, of Southfields, Knutsford and Christopher Johnson, 52, of Ancoats Lane, Alderley Edge were charged with pitch encroachment.
Warren Singh, 18, of Oakdale Drive, Heald Green was charged with section five public order.
Sam Weatherby, 21, of Grant St, Farnworth, Bolton and Philip O’Leary, 24, of Heysbank Rd, Disley, Stockport were charged with breach of a football banning order.
Christopher O’Neil, 22, of Swainsthorpe Drive, Manchester and Nicholas Morley, 22, of Chapel Lane, Blackley, were charged with being drunk and disorderly.
Andrew Martin, 20, of Northdale Drive, Blackley was charged with being drunk and disorderly.
All are due before Manchester City Magistrates’ Court on January 4 next year.
Picture courtesy of Greater Manchester Police, with thanks.