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Last Updated: Thursday, 10 May 2007, 15:17 GMT 16:17 UK
Ball banned for three games by FA
Man City's Michael Ball (right) marks Man Utd's Cristiano Ronaldo
Ball (right) later gave away a penalty by bringing down Ronaldo
Manchester City defender Michael Ball has been banned for three matches after admitting a Football Association charge of violent conduct.

Video evidence showed Ball stamping on Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo in City's loss to their derby rivals.

Ball told City's website: "I deeply regret what I did and have accepted the charge without hesitation. I have also sent a personal apology to Cristiano."

"My action should not be seen on a football pitch.

He added: "I know we have a responsibility at Premier League level to set a good example to the whole football community.

"I am proud of my disciplinary record and have never been sent off in my professional career."

Ronaldo converted a penalty to win the game for United - after he had been tripped by Ball.

In an eventful game for the 27-year-old, Ball went on to win a spot-kick for his team when Wes Brown was adjudged to have brought him down but Darius Vassell missed the chance to earn City a point.



SEE ALSO
FA charges Brown after headbutt
08 May 07 |  Fulham
Man City 0-1 Man Utd
05 May 07 |  Premiership


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