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Manchester City Apologizes to Rio Ferdinand

  • Guardian, Monday, December 10, 2012 1:03 PM

Manchester City has apologized to Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand after he was struck in the face by a coin thrown from the crowd while he was celebrating Robin van Persie’s winning goal in the final minutes of the Manchester derby, which United won 3-2. After the game, the English FA announced it would investigate this and other incidents that arose during the game. 

United’s win at Etihad Stadium ended City’s 37-match unbeaten run at home, as well as being its first loss of the season to leave the reigning English champion six points behind United at the top of the Premier League standings.

Regarding the Ferdinand incident, a City spokesperson said: "Manchester City wishes to offer its sincere apologies to Rio Ferdinand. The club unreservedly condemns the actions which led to his being injured. [Greater Manchester Police's] review of all fan behavior at today's match will be fully supported by the club, through the provision of CCTV footage and eyewitness accounts. Following this review, and any associated police action, the club will also apply its own disciplinary policies for any fans found guilty of offenses."

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