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Police probe Bellamy's fan shove

Craig Bellamy
Bellamy scored twice in the match, which finished 4-3 to United

Police are investigating an incident between footballer Craig Bellamy and a supporter who invaded the pitch during the Manchester derby.

The Wales striker appeared to shove the United fan, who ran onto the field as City restarted following Michael Owen's dramatic late goal.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said inquiries were under way, although no-one had made a formal complaint.

Bellamy scored twice in the match but could not prevent United winning 4-3.

The angry exchange happened after Bellamy marched over to the supporter who appeared on the Old Trafford surface.

I seem to recall Brian Clough clipping someone around the ear, and he was lauded as a national hero
Mark Hughes

A GMP spokesman said: "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.

"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."

Speaking after the match, City boss Mark Hughes said the man involved in the Bellamy altercation should not have been on the pitch.

"I seem to recall Brian Clough clipping someone around the ear, and he was lauded as a national hero," said the manager.

"Maybe it will be the same case with Craig - but I doubt it.

"I'm sure people will make a nuisance about it, but the guy should not have been on the pitch. That is not acceptable."

Arrests made

The force will also investigate a coin-throwing attack on City substitute Javier Garrido, who was struck as he headed down the tunnel at half-time.

Police said there were no reports of any widespread disorder between fans at either the ground or in the city centre.

Twelve people were arrested at Old Trafford for a variety of public order offences and a further 10 were arrested in the city.

A total of 51 supporters were ejected from Old Trafford during the match.



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