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Bellamy and Neville warned by FA

Craig Bellamy
Bellamy struck two stunning goals for the visitors at Old Trafford

Craig Bellamy and Gary Neville will not face improper conduct charges from the Football Association over their behaviour in Sunday's Manchester derby.

Instead Manchester City striker Bellamy and Manchester United defender Neville have been warned over their behaviour.

Bellamy appeared to shove a fan in the face after the supporter went on to the pitch, while Neville ran towards City's fans after United's dramatic 4-3 win.

Neville was a non-playing substitute in a match decided by a Michael Owen goal.

Three years ago Neville received a £5,000 FA fine and was warned over his future conduct after he celebrated in front of Liverpool's fans after United secured a late winner over their rivals at Old Trafford.

My take is that he thought the fella might spit in his face or something

Man City assistant Mark Bowen

"In relation to Craig Bellamy the match referee has confirmed that he would not have sent the player off had he seen the incident with the fan at the time," said the FA statement.

"Gary Neville has been reminded of his responsibilities following his actions after Manchester United's final goal deep into injury time."

United have also avoided any disciplinary action after City substitute Javier Garrido was struck on the head by a coin thrown from the home section of the stadium at half-time.

It is likely that former United hero Carlos Tevez had been the target as he was standing near Garrido when the coin was thrown.

The Argentine, who moved across to Eastlands in the summer, was booed throughout the match by some of the home supporters.

Hughes won't punish Bellamy

"The FA fully expects the club to use all available means to identify and deal with the culprit appropriately and, along with the fan who entered the field of play, look to issue bans on attending future matches," the FA statement added.

In the aftermath of Sunday's derby, City boss Mark Hughes and his assistant Mark Bowen jumped to the defence of Bellamy, insisting that the striker would not be punished by the club.

"The guy made an aggressive move," said Hughes. "Craig just put a defensive hand out to push him away."

Bowen added: "My take is that he thought the fella might spit in his face or something."

The police are looking at the Bellamy incident, while the supporter has been by Greater Manchester Police for entering the playing area "without lawful authority".

In a hotly-contested derby battle, City came from behind on three occasions, with Bellamy scoring two magnificent goals, including an equaliser to make it 3-3 in the 90th minute.

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City striker Emmanuel Adebayor is already facing an FA improper conduct charge after running the length of the pitch to celebrate in front of Arsenal supporters after scoring against his former team.

The Manchester United fan who came on to the pitch after Owen's late goal is set to appear in court later this month.

A Greater Manchester Police spokeswoman said: "A man has been charged following an incident at the end of the match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford.

"Jake Joseph Clarke, 21, is charged with going onto a playing area without lawful authority or excuse and will appear before Trafford Magistrates' Court on September 30."

Meanwhile Hughes and assistant boss Bowen admitted some kind of independent time-keeper might solve the problems that erupted during Sunday's derby clash.

"I am not particularly advocating this but maybe if you had a different system where someone else took over the time-keeping, it might help," added Bowen.



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see also
Man charged over pitch invasion
21 Sep 09 |  Manchester
Angry Hughes bemoans timekeeping
21 Sep 09 |  Man City
Boss Ferguson hails 'best derby'
20 Sep 09 |  Man Utd
Man Utd 4-3 Man City
21 Sep 09 |  Premier League
Sunday's Premier League as it happened
20 Sep 09 |  Football
Premier League photos
20 Sep 09 |  Premier League
Adebayor avoids further sanction
01 Oct 09 |  Man City


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