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Darts And Golf Balls Siezed Off Rags At Cup Derby



Details continue to emerge of the job Greater Manchester Police had on Tuesday night in containing numerous Manchester united supporters' 'plans' for the big game...

Maybe it was sporting confusion that led to some united fans taking darts and golf balls along to the first leg of the League Cup semi-final in Manchester. Maybe it was tradition, as we know similar was taken by travelling rags to Barnsley last October.

GMP's Police Unit have confirmed that there were delays and congestion in getting united fans to their seats due to thorough security checks which led to the confiscation of the aforementioned sports equipment.

Toilets were trashed in the away concourse and seats ripped up sandwiched between the trouble that took place before and after the game. Even mobile phones were thrown inside the ground. There are many eyewitness accounts of the throwing of rocks, bottles and bricks outside the ground in clashes with City fans.

united fans managed to smuggle at least one red flare into the ground in a pisspoor bid to ruin City's night match lights off Blue Moon build up. Manchester Coppers had been tipped off on that one and were able to bag the majority of the travelling support's fireworks and flares.

Of course, numerous City fans cannot be excused in this mess for their part in the trouble but it's clear that a large section of rags came to town intent on taking us back to the bad old days.

Outside of the confiscated missiles, GMP confirmed they had arrested 6 City fans and 11 united fans, plus one neutral.

In other forgettable events united's Patrice Evra was hit on the hand with a lighter thrown from the stands echoing City's Javier Garrido receiving a coin in the face at Old Trafford last September.

Evra was incensed enough at the end of united's defeat to put his hand close to his chest facing the East Stand and give it the wankers gesture to the City fans.

No matter what happens, astronomically paid players from both sides in the modern era have a duty to rise above any provocation and not inflame trouble and that includes, Evra, Van der Sar, Tevez and Neville (yet again) who have all been mentioned in dispatches.

The accounts we've had in at VMC of the dogs, the police horses, the rioting, the terrified kids, one old bloke being kicked in and the absolute stupidity of releasing both sets of fans out of the stadium at the same time make for grim reading.

It's understood that the Football Association and Football League intend to 'monitor' the return leg in Stretford next week, but in World Cup year, the embarrassment caused to the sport's governing bodies will already have registered.

Next week's return leg which will see at least 9,000 City fans in attendance will require more than monitoring.

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 21 2010

Time: 9:18AM

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Wo what if they had golf balls and darts? A CITY FAN HAD A CIGARETTE LIGHTER FFS! Ban that idiot, why in hell would anyone take a lighter to a foootball match? Even worse, it hit a UNITED player! Ban the idiot for life I say.
fifthcolumnblue
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21/01/2010 09:26:00

I guess you are referring to Vital Manchester united's "Bitters Graceless Even In Victory" article, fifth...
Johnny Baguette
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21/01/2010 09:28:00

Well from what I've been hearing we're planning worse at the swamp...
antnee_mcfc
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21/01/2010 10:07:00

I hope not antnee_mcfc otherwise our win will be remembered for all the wrong reasons.
Tudor
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21/01/2010 10:12:00

Well done JB, it is only just that we have an article which puts the events of Tuesday night into perspective following the aforementioned trashy article on VMU.
Kevinho
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21/01/2010 10:55:00

News Wires are now reporting that the FA will hold talks with both clubs in a bid to calm the tension.
Johnny Baguette
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21/01/2010 13:03:00

Its funny how some people react to being 716 MILLION in debt, local - rival football team becoming the richest club in the world and evitability of city dominating english football in the future. Awwww rags fans need a big hug :)
Super City Slicker
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21/01/2010 14:05:00

breaking news is there will be more rag arrests...a brick from the rag end was thrown at a copper and is injured and they seem to say that all the trouble was from the rags and they was also passing used tickets back through the turnstyles that slowed everything down and had genuine supporters stuck outside with 25 mins played...... ****
bluemooner_mcfc
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21/01/2010 14:28:00

We have moved from rags to riches, but they will always remain RAGS.
eighthsin
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21/01/2010 15:01:00

 

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