Unwise, but not worthy of a FA punishment in my book.
Craig Bellamy, the Manchester City striker, faces the prospect of a three-match ban for appearing to strike a pitch invader at Old Trafford on Sunday after the recriminations from a controversial derby were dissected by the FA and police yesterday.
The FA was understood to be considering all options, including a charge of violent conduct, after Bellamy was alleged to have hit the Manchester United fan as the supporter was hauled away by stewards having charged on to the pitch at the end of the home side’s 4-3 win. United are to ban the fan for life.
Bellamy reacted after allegedly being told to “f*** off” by the fan, whom the player is thought to have told to “get off the f***ing pitch”.
A 21-year-old man, Jake Joseph Clarke, was charged yesterday by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) with “going on to a playing area without lawful authority or excuse” and is due to appear at Trafford Magistrates’ Court a week tomorrow. (The Times)
Personally I don’t think Craig Bellamy should be punished for this. Believe me I am not a fan of the former Liverpool and Leeds man, in fact he has on a few occasions acted like a complete idiot, but his reaction to the fan running on the pitch, was maybe unwise, was what the fan deserved for coming onto the field of play and taunting the City man.
Clearly is was a little silly of the Welshman to go over and get involved in the situation as clearly the supporter had been caught by the stewards and was no longer a threat, but lets face it Bellamy didn’t do much, he just gave him a little slap. The one thing I don’t want to see is that sad case of a football fan getting any more attention than he already has done, surely he will also now get a life ban from Old Trafford?