Hart calls for best behaviour ahead of Manchester derby

Joe Hart hopes there is no repeat of last season’s disorder during the forthcoming Manchester derby, the Daily Mail has reported, after the Manchester City goalkeeper prevented a supporter of his club confronting Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand.

Ferdinand had already been struck by an item thrown from the crowd when celebrating Robin van Persie’s last minute winner in the 3-2 United victory, cutting the defender above the eye, when a City fan got on to the pitch and had to be stopped from reaching Ferdinand by Hart. Ferdinand’s United teammate Wayne Rooney was also pelted with objects from the crowd when taking corner kicks.

Hart said: “There were incidents last year which no-one wants to see repeated. The eyes of the world will be on this game as usual, and I’m confident our supporters will do the club proud.

Our fans are the best in the world and we want you to show your passion for the club, but in the right way.

The England goalkeeper added: “The derby is one of the most anticipated and exciting games in world football. As players, we are all looking forward to Sunday, and we know that the fans will be too.

The home support is so important for us, and I know they will be like an extra man for the team on the day. As always, we need our fans in full voice, but we also need them to respect the occasion. We want everyone to enjoy the game but be sensible too.

It will also be the first Manchester derby for both managers after Manuel Pellegrini replaced Roberto Mancini at City and David Moyes took over from Sir Alex Ferguson at United.

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