Vincent Kompany has come out against the proposal that Premier League matches should see netting put up to separate the supporters from the pitch after a number of incidents in the Manchester derby between Kompany’s Manchester City and local rivals Manchester United, the BBC
The City captain condemned the throwing of objects onto the pitch and the invasion by one supporter in an attempt to confront Rio Ferdinand, who was also struck by a coin, but Kompany insisted that football can deal with these incidents in a better way. The Belgium international also warned against treating football fans as “animals that have to be behind cages.”
After Ferdinand was hit near the eye by a coin while celebrating Robin van Persie’s late match-winning goal, the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) called for the installation of nets to prevent a similar incident occurring again.
Kompany however was clear in his opposition to such proposals, however. He said: “It is never a good thing to happen, not just for Manchester City or Manchester United, but for football. I would definitely say we need action on prevention but keep treating fans as human beings and not animals that have to be behind cages.”
He added: “I do think we should take action against these incidents and I have heard a lot of suggestions about putting up nets and everything. But the fact we are able to put people outside of cages is something that makes the English game so much more special.”
The match itself ended in a 3-2 victory for United, courtesy of van Persie’s late, deflected free-kick. Wayne Rooney had given United a two-goal lead but Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta restored parity, until van Persie’s late intervention.
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