The Manchester derby may have been played in the right spirit on the pitch, but it descended into chaos as rival United and City supporters clashed in the stands at the Etihad Stadium, with supporters affected by coins and other missiles and the police had to split up. their.
United added to City’s recent misery by inflicting a 1-0 defeat alongside Manuel Pellegrini, a result that all but ends City’s Premier League title challenge as they languish 15 points behind leaders Leicester City.
It may have been the frustration of seeing their season collapse in front of them that raised tensions in the stands, but the unsavory scenes will have hardly helped relations between the two clubs which are not having a good year. in the field.
Journalist Michael Crick was on the United side at the Etihad and tweeted that another supporter had been hit in the head by a coin, leaving him with a cut on his face.
Footage revealed that other supporters had informed police that objects had been thrown at them by some of the City supporters.
For United, the clashes come at the worst time as they face a UEFA investigation into crowd issues during last week’s home game against Liverpool, where security procedures were reportedly compromised as the Stairs were blocked and rival fans clashed after the full-time whistle.
Pushing rival supporters is nothing new in football matches, but seeing violent clashes in back-to-back games will be of concern to United, as well as the Premier League, given the work they have done over the past three decades to rid football English from his hooligan. picture.
Footage appeared to show City supporters being held back as they tried to reach their Manchester rivals, although two metal barriers and a police line separated the supporters.
Greater Manchester Police confirmed 11 arrests were made at the game for offenses including assaulting a police officer, being intoxicated and disorderly and fighting.