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Tottenham players targeted by laser pen at Leeds, FA launch investigation

FA launch probe after Tottenham players and referee are targeted by laser pen at Leeds

By
Neil Moxley

PUBLISHED:

02:04 GMT, 29 January 2013

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UPDATED:

02:04 GMT, 29 January 2013

The Football Association has contacted Leeds United after Spurs' players were targeted by lasers during their FA Cup defeat at Elland Road.

Right-back Kyle Walker was one of the victims along with referee Kevin Friend as Neil Warnock's side booked themselves a fifth round trip to the Etihad to face Manchester City following their 2-1 victory.

Friend mentioned the incident to the fourth official and also in his match report and now the authorities want Leeds' view before deciding what action to take.

Laser guided: Walker was targeted while taking a corner kick

Laser guided: Walker was targeted while taking a corner kick

There is no suggestion of any sanctions at this stage. The FA want to establish the facts of the situation before deciding whether to take the matter any further.

A spokesman said: 'We are aware of what took place and have contacted Leeds to request their observations in relation to this.'

Cupset: Championship side Leeds beat high-flying Tottenham

Cupset: Championship side Leeds beat high-flying Tottenham

Carlos Tevez intends to leave Manchester City for Boca Juniors

Tevez tells Man City he wants to leave for Boca… now champions could sell him before contract expires next summer

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

09:25 GMT, 20 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:29 GMT, 20 January 2013

Carlos Tevez intends to leave Manchester City after his contract expires in 18 months’ time to return to Argentina.

The Argentina international wants to see out his current deal at the Etihad before moving back to his homeland to play for his boyhood club Boca Juniors.

The 28-year-old striker played his way back into Roberto Mancini’s plans after a self-imposed exile last season, but has said it would be a dream to return to Boca.

Homeward bound: Carlos Tevez would like to leave Manchester City for Boca Juniors

Homeward bound: Carlos Tevez would like to leave Manchester City for Boca Juniors

Tevez stated that he would have preferred to be playing for Boca against River Plate rather than turning out for City's clash with Fulham yesterday.

In an interview in Argentina, Tevez said: ‘I’ve got a year left on my contract at Manchester City and they want me to sign for two more seasons.

‘I would prefer to return home, but it is very difficult because City won’t let me leave for nothing.

‘I will stay in Europe for another two years and then go back.

‘Boca’s president always says the door is open for me to rejoin them and I am dying to pull on their shirt once more.

‘I want to end my career with them. It is my dream and the dream of my family as well. I would love to be playing for them against River Plate. I’d prefer that to City’s game against Fulham.

‘But I am under contract and have to be here in England.’

The diminutive striker joined City from bitter rivals United in 2009 and instantly became a fans’ favourite.

But he put his City career on ice after a dispute on the substitutes’ bench in a Champions League group match against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.

Tevez left Manchester for Argentina, incurring the wrath of his manager and the City fans. But now he says he has patched things up with Mancini and City's fans since the spat which resulted in him missing six months of City's title-winning season.

He added: ‘I almost retired last year. I had lost the desire to play and spent time crying alone in my room.

Off you come: Tevez was replaced by compatriot Sergio Aguero (right) during City's 2-0 win over Fulham

Off you come: Tevez was replaced by compatriot Sergio Aguero (right) during City's 2-0 win over Fulham

Digging deep: Tevez has battled to win the Manchester City fans back

Digging deep: Tevez has battled to win the Manchester City fans back

'Bad things happened one after the other. I was knocked out of the Copa America with Argentina and I had my dispute with Roberto Mancini.

'I suffered psychologically. I did not want anything more to do with football.

'I am much better now. I am winning people over because I began the new season well.

'Although my form dipped, I am on my way back. I have lost weight and I can run faster.

'I still don’t like being substituted. I am a hot-blooded individual, but at least I now understand the manager’s reasons.

'In the past I used to call him [Mancini] every name under the sun, but now I understand he does it for the good of the team.'

Class: Tevez laid off David Silva to set up the Spaniard's second of the match

Class: Tevez laid off David Silva to set up the Spaniard's second of the match

Tevez, who showe a deft touch to lay off David Silva's second goal against Fulham, has twice stated that he would like to leave the club in the past.

City rejected a transfer request from the former West Ham striker in December 2010, and Tevez handed in another one in the summer of 2011.

But Tevez has always had a soft spot for Boca, the Buenos Aires club who signed him as a youngster in 2001, and has made no secret of his desire to retire at the club in the past.

Rio Ferdinand reveals that a "United Boys" gang turned up at his house ordering him to sign a new contract

Revealed: How Rio Ferdinand was confronted by 'United boys' gang at his home ordering him to sign new deal

By
Andy Hampson, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

16:40 GMT, 2 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:54 GMT, 2 January 2013

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has revealed he was confronted by a gang of hooded fans during his contract talks with the club eight years ago.

The group calling themselves the 'United boys' turned up outside the player's house to demand that he signed a new deal.

Ferdinand's future had been the subject of speculation at the time after he had been photographed with then Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon in a restaurant, but that had been a chance encounter.

As well as winning five league titles Ferdinand has had an up and down career

The good times: As well as winning five league titles Ferdinand has had an up and down career

Ferdinand was asked to come to the door but could not see anyone on his security monitors.

The 34-year-old told Four Four Two magazine: 'So I go to the side door and grab a big bit of wood, jump on the side of the wall and I'm just about to scream “raaaah!” when I see there's a massive group of people, with hoodies and caps covering their faces.

'I just thought, 'I'm going to get served up in a moment, so go bananas and they'll think you're a nutter!'

'Then one of them said, “We're the United boys, f***ing sign your contract,” and I was like, “What you talking about I've only just started negotiating two months ago, what you worrying about”

Ferdinand again found the headlines at the Etihad after taking a coin to the head

Unsavoury: Ferdinand again found the headlines at the Etihad after taking a coin to the head

Explaining the background, he added: 'Basically I went to see my agent for half an hour and Kenyon was with him.

'Someone's taken a picture and made out like we're having a bloody meal together. So I'm saying to these guys, “If I'm going to do a deal with another club, do you think I'd be doing it in broad daylight”

'One of the neighbours had called the police by then and they got off when they heard the sirens.'

Ferdinand, in a question and answer section with fans, also spoke of the lowest point of his career, when he was banned for eight months after failing to attend a drugs test in 2003.

Ferdinand has always had a 'hardman' demeanor on the pitch

Not one to mess with: Ferdinand has always had a 'hardman' demeanor on the pitch

He said: 'If that sort of thing can't make you more responsible then I don't know what can.

'People assume I must have had something to hide but I did all the tests that were asked in the end and the judge said I had proved beyond any doubt I had nothing in my system – those tests trace stuff from months back.

'So I never had any doubt in my mind, it was just irresponsible of me not to go to the test at the time and I got punished severely for it.

'Eight months of my career just gone, just like that. It was easily the lowest point of my career, especially as I knew people were trying to tarnish my name by saying I was into drugs.

'That's the most disappointing thing for me, that people assumed I was involved in drugs or had something to hide.'

Abou Diaby is set to return for Arsenal

Good news for Gunners, Diaby's back… but where have we heard that before

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UPDATED:

19:30 GMT, 27 December 2012

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that long-term injury concern Abou Diaby is close to a return to action and will begin training next week.

The French midfielder started the season in rampant fashion, earning praise for his dominating performances as Arsenal went unbeaten in their first five games.

Brazilian left back Andre Santos is also set to return to training next week.

Back again: Abou Diaby (left) is close to a return, he started the season in rampant fashion as Arsenal went unbeaten in five

Back again: Abou Diaby (left) is close to a return, he started the season in rampant fashion as Arsenal went unbeaten in five

Injury-ravaged: However the midfielder has a history of injury problems, only making 171 appearances in six years for the Gunners

Injury-ravaged: However the midfielder has a history of injury problems, only making 171 appearances in six years for the Gunners

Indeed, Arsenal's first loss of the season came at home to Chelsea when Diaby had to limp off with an injury after just 17 minutes.

Before his injury Arsenal had recorded three clean sheets in their first three games, including an impressive 2-0 victory at Anfield where Diaby was awarded man of the match.

Diaby's dominating play was a feature in the away win against Montpellier in the Champions League and in the 1-1 draw with Manchester City at the Etihad.

Marauding: Brazilian left-back Andre Santos is also expected to make a return soon

Marauding: Brazilian left-back Andre Santos is also expected to return soon

However Diaby's fitness has always been a concern with the midfielder blighted by injuries throughout his career.

Options: The return of Diaby and Santos means that Arsene Wenger (pictured) only has Lukasz Fabianski missing

Options: The return of Diaby and Santos means that Arsene Wenger (pictured) only has Lukasz Fabianski missing

He has already missed 22 games this season and only made 171 appearances in just under six years with the club.

'They [Diaby and Santos] should be coming back into training with the squad next week,' Wenger said on www.arsenal.com.

Their return means that backup goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is the only first-team player remaining on the often-maligned Arsenal medical table.

'It is unusual, especially at this period of the season,' Wenger added.

'It is down to the continuing good work we are doing behind the scenes at the club.

'We hope that it continues because it is important to go into January with a full squad and we will be losing Gervinho to the Africa Cup of Nations.'

WITH DIABY

With Diaby (in all competitions):

Played: 6 (1 in Champions League)

Won: 2 (1 in Champions League)

Drawn: 3

Lost: One (only played 17mins)

Goals For: 6

Goals Against: 3

League points: 6 out of 15

WITHOUT DIABY

Without Diaby (in all competitions):

Played: 21 (9 in other competitions)

Won: 11 [through in CL]

Drawn: 4

Lost: 5 [lost to Bradford]

Goals For: 52

Goals Against: 30

League points: 24 out of 39

Gareth Barry admits Manchester City panic before Reading victory

We panicked! Barry reveals City relief after his late winner over Reading

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UPDATED:

14:26 GMT, 23 December 2012

Match-winner Gareth Barry admitted panic had almost started to set in before his late heroics salvaged victory for Manchester City over struggling Reading.

The champions had been in danger of dropping vital points to the Barclays Premier League's bottom side before Barry headed home in injury time to snatch a 1-0 win at the Etihad Stadium.

City had gone into the game trailing rivals Manchester United by six points at the top of the table and, after failing to make the most of a clear superiority, had looked like handing their neighbours another boost.

Last action hero: Gareth Barry celebrates his late winner for Manchester City with team-mate David Slva

Last action hero: Gareth Barry celebrates his late winner for Manchester City with team-mate David Slva

But the hosts fought to the end and, despite claims by Reading that he benefited from climbing on the back of Nicky Shorey, Barry rose to meet a David Silva cross to plant home a firm header.

Midfielder Barry said: 'I am relieved and delighted at the same time, to get a goal that late.

'You are starting, probably, to panic, thinking we are going to drop some big points at home again.

'It is difficult, especially when you don't get the breakthrough early.

'The longer the game goes on the more you could see the Reading players growing in confidence.

'They started to believe they could keep us out for the 90 minutes. Even towards the end they were believing they could maybe get the winning goal.'

Royals boss Brian McDermott claimed the decision by referee Mike Dean to award the goal, as well as earlier denying his side a penalty, had ruined his Christmas.

Heads you win: Barry nods home City's winner past Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici

Heads you win: Barry nods home City's winner past Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici

Barry felt he had merely been playing for the ball.

He said: 'At the time I felt I just got up and Nicky Shorey was just standing there.

'I probably went over the top of him. I'm delighted the referee hasn't seen it as a foul.'

City dominated in all departments and had 17 attempts on goal to their opponents' six, although they did not regularly test goalkeeper Adam Federici.

Reading showed great defensive resolve throughout and Alex Pearce had two good headed opportunities from corners.

Jay Tabb thought he should have had a penalty after colliding with City youngster Karim Rekik during a second-half counter-attack – when Matija Nastasic might also have escaped with a handball – but Reading's spirited efforts were not rewarded.

City's 2012, particularly their dramatic title success, will be remembered for late goals and they ended their home programme for the year in typical fashion.

Barry, 31, added on City TV: 'You have got to [keep going] at this level. We scored so many late goals last season and a few this year.

'Those late goals can be so important at the end of the season and hopefully that will be another one.'

With three more games to come in just over a week, Barry felt the points were vital to keep the pressure on United.

He said: 'It is very important. When there is a little gap it is important you don't slip away too much further.

'If we can keep chipping away we are going to be there at the end of the season.'

Brian McDermott claims Christmas is ruined

Furious McDermott claims Christmas is ruined after Man City's late triumph

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UPDATED:

22:57 GMT, 22 December 2012

Reading manager Brian McDermott claimed his Christmas had been ruined after Manchester City scored a late winner against his side he felt should not have stood.

Gareth Barry headed home in injury time as the champions snatched a last-gasp 1-0 win to deny the bottom club what would have been a hard-earned Barclays Premier League point at the Etihad Stadium.

McDermott felt Barry illegally jumped on the back of one of his players as he leapt to reach David Silva's cross but referee Mike Dean saw nothing untoward.

Heartbreak: Gareth Barry struck late to deny Reading a point

Heartbreak: Gareth Barry struck late to deny Reading a point

Dean had been similarly unmoved when Jay Tabb went down in the area after a collision with City youngster Karim Rekik during a second half Reading counter-attack.

When asked about the winning goal, McDermott said: 'Absolute joke. We have had that a few times this season and even the Tabb penalty – it was a penalty.

'We have had three or four of those, we have had a handball goal against us and an offside goal against us – all of which have cost us points.

'To get that wrong – I have just said to him (Dean) he will be gutted he's missed that.

'He hung in the air, but you can hang in the air all day long if you are on someone's back.

'It's an absolute cert foul, it cannot be anything else.

'But listen, the bottom line is we are Reading. We are a small club in this league punching above our weight.

'That will be irrelevant to you guys because Man City have won, but it is not to us.

'We love this club we have got, we have got a real passion. We will fight, we have 20 games to go, but we certainly deserved a draw today at least.'

He later added: 'But just to let you know, that has just ruined my Christmas.'

A seventh successive defeat was harsh on Reading but McDermott, whose side have accumulated just nine points from 18 games, is determined to battle on.

He said: 'We have to take consolation from that, we have to take the positives because that is what you have to do. We have got to move on.

'I honestly thought we were going to get something. Even in the first half there were a couple of incidents where we might have got something on the break.

Outrage: Brian McDermott says Christmas has been ruined for him

Outrage: Brian McDermott says Christmas has been ruined for him

'I'm really disappointed for our fans today and really disappointed for the players because they didn't deserve that.'

Despite McDermott's frustrations after a resilient defensive display, City were the superior side throughout.

The hosts created numerous chances but lacked a cutting edge and manager Roberto Mancini was again left to bemoan his side's wastefulness.

The Italian said: 'I think we deserved to win but when you are in the last two or three minutes of extra time, it could be difficult.

'These games, if you don't score in the first half when you have a lot of chances to score, I think they can be strong.

'They played well, they defended well, for 90 minutes with all players behind the ball. We didn't find space to score.

Distraught: Reading players wonder what went wrong after conceding

Distraught: Reading players wonder what went wrong after conceding

'When you have one chance, you have to score. In the end, I am happy with the victory but we had a big problem.'

The match was City's last home game of 2012 and they won it in a manner in keeping with the rest of the year, notably last season's title decider.

The win denied Manchester United the opportunity to open up an eight-point lead at the top of the table and Mancini was pleased with the character shown.

He said: 'In this we have improved a lot. We want to recover so when we are losing we try until the end to score, to recover the game.

'Our character is strong. Sometimes you can win, sometimes you can't but I am very happy because we have recovered a lot of games like today.

'But it is more important to score before. If not my heart is not strong.'

Mancini had a different opinion on Barry's goal to McDermott. 'No foul, absolutely not,' he said.

Complaint: McDermott was unimpressed with his side not being awarded a penalty

Complaint: McDermott was unimpressed with his side not being awarded a penalty

Manchester City want to trial standing area

Champions City plan standing trial as campaign for terracing return gathers momentum

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UPDATED:

13:29 GMT, 17 December 2012

Manchester City want to spearhead the campaign to bring safe standing to the Premier League.

The champions are planning to trial a return to terracing but need the backing of the Football Association.

Aston Villa and West Ham are the only other top-flight clubs to openly back the initiative.

Plans: Manchester City want to introduce safe standing to the Etihad Stadium

Plans: Manchester City want to introduce safe standing to the Etihad Stadium

'Manchester City Football Club is supportive of
initiatives to enhance safely, our fans’ matchday experience if
supported by the appropriate football authorities,' a spokesman told the Manchester Evening News.

Standing was banned in the top two divisions following the Taylor Report into the Hillsborough Disaster.

A total of 96 Liverpool fans were killed in 1989 but the Hillsborough Independent Panel recently placed the blame for the tragedy at the door of South Yorkshire Police.

That was a boost to the campaign to bring safe standing back to the Premier League.

Campaign: Support is growing for standing areas like those in Germany (below)

Campaign: Support is growing for standing areas like those in Germany (below)

Campaign: Support is growing for standing areas like those in Germany (below)

National fans group the Football Supporters Federation believe the introduction of 'rail seat' zones, which are present in Germany's Bundesliga, would improve the atmosphere in English grounds.

They took their campaign to Parliament earlier this month and were backed by 13 clubs, including Villa.

But City's bitter rivals Manchester United oppose the idea.

A source told the MEN that OId Trafford would be 'incapable' of supporting standing sections.

Arsene Wenger should stay at Arsenal: Gary Neville

Yes, Arsenal are struggling but sensible people should be defending Wenger now

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UPDATED:

00:00 GMT, 16 December 2012

When I started out as a pundit I was
given a piece of advice from someone in whom I place an awful lot of
trust. ‘The key to being good in the media is to ensure you don’t get
embroiled in every single little piece of comment and opinion,’ he said.
‘Don’t spend the day listening to the talkshows. Don’t read every
single paper. Keep your opinions fresh.’

Of course, I have to be across news
stories like never before but you can get distracted by the noise of
football and it can start to warp your thinking.

It has been an enormous change for me
to be inserted into that fast-moving, frantic media world when, at the
club where I played, I was working in a dressing room that was like a
sanctuary, protected from the whirlwinds and thunderstorms of the
outside world.

Why always him Mario Balotelli storms off at the Etihad after being hauled off by Roberto Mancini

Why always him Mario Balotelli was one of the talking points this week, storming off at the Etihad after being hauled off by Roberto Mancini

And the past week has been full of
those types of storms. On Sunday we were talking about diving yet again
after Santi Cazorla against West Brom. On Monday the headlines were all
about Mario Balotelli and his performance the day before against
Manchester United, when other players were much worse than him.

It was that or the issue of netting at
games because Rio Ferdinand had been struck with a coin in that
Manchester derby. Then we moved on to Bradford beating Arsenal and the
fact that Arsene Wenger has to go … again. On Thursday, racism reared
its ugly head again, with the verdict on the Serbian FA.

And then on Friday I was looking down
my Twitter timeline and there was a question from an Arsenal fan: ‘What
do you think of George Graham’s comments that Arsenal will never win
the title again’ And I’m thinking: ‘That can’t be right’ So I went
online to check and it’s there in the newspaper as clear as day — George
Graham is quoted as saying: ‘Will they [Arsenal] win the league again I
can’t see it.’

The dark side of the moon: Arsene Wenger watches as his side crash out of the Capital One Cup at Bradford

The dark side of the moon: Arsene Wenger watches as his side crash out of the Capital One Cup at Bradford

The speed at which the football media operate today is like a blender that is constantly having food chucked
into it and chopped into a thousand pieces but never has any end
product. There’s never any substance at the end of the process. Or it’s
like a sausage machine that just churns out more mincemeat rather than
sausages.

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Being partly in football as an
assistant coach with England and partly in the media, I can see it from
both sides. And I think football and the media should work more closely
together. I want footballers to be more open.

But the reality inside the changing
room is often totally different to the furore on the outside. I’m not
sure which the public want: the frenzy of the media or a reflection of
the serenity of the dressing room; or a bit of both. But it has got to
the point where we almost need two distinct media: one that deal with
the actual match and one that deal with the issues surrounding it.

Football has become a soap opera,
which, of course, is partly why the Premier League has become so
extraordinarily popular and is one reason why it is beamed around the
world. But the actual football can get lost in the drama. For some
people the main act can become the sideshow.

And so incredible statements come out
like: ‘Arsenal will never win the league again.’ Now I’m not going to
sit here and say: ‘All’s good and well at Arsenal and they shouldn’t
worry about going out to Bradford.’ That’s not the case. They’ve lost a
lot of quality in the past three years and they haven’t replaced it,
like for like. There seem to be some management failures in the number
of players who end up with just one year on their contract but I doubt
that’s Arsene Wenger’s fault. And they definitely need a bit of the
attitude of the 2005 FA Cup final team, the last trophy they won.
Without Thierry Henry that day they struggled but there was such a
resilience about those players that they were prepared to win ugly and
beat Manchester United on penalties.

Halcyon days: A jubilant Wenger holds the Premier League trophy aloft eight years ago

Halcyon days: A jubilant Wenger holds the Premier League trophy aloft eight years ago

But for George Graham, someone who has a greater knowledge of Arsenal than I will ever have, to be quoted as saying they will never win the league again leaves me stunned. I’ll be amazed if Arsenal Football Club never win another title. Honestly, I’d be just as surprised if tomorrow wasn’t Monday. It’s like saying Liverpool will never win another title. Of course they will. It’s a fact. Fifteen years ago who would have said that Chelsea or Manchester City would win a title Things change. They move on.

When I look back at the history of Arsenal, the club went 45 years before they won their first league title. And after dominating in the Thirties and then after the war, they went 18 years between 1953 and 1971 without a league title. And then another 18 years before the next title, which came under George Graham, in 1989. Arsenal are not a club like Real Madrid, Benfica or Celtic who should expect to win the title every year. They never have been.

When Roberto Di Matteo was sacked three weeks ago, the same people who were saying they despised the madness of Chelsea are now saying that we need a change at Arsenal. What do we want We just want a news story. We want more food in the blender.

Nadir: Arsenal's midweek defeat is a low point, but the club will get back to fighting for titles under Wenger

Nadir: Arsenal's midweek defeat is a low point, but the club will get back to fighting for titles under Wenger

There’s nothing to say that if you
change Arsene Wenger you’re going to be more successful. There’s nothing
to say that if you spend 100million, like Liverpool did, you’re going
to win the league.

Manchester
City and Chelsea have done superbly in recent years and between them
have won four out of the last eight Premier League titles. But it has
cost the best part of 2billion between them to do it. Are we saying
Arsenal should do that

Arsenal
are on the right track. They run the club in a sensible way. When I go
there, I watch good players, good football and you sense the history of
the place. There is a drop in quality, especially in forward positions.
They were the best attacking team I played against and, at the moment,
they don’t have that ruthlessness and devastation.

Lack of quality: Gervinho misses a crucial chance in the first half against Bradford

Lack of quality: Gervinho misses a crucial chance in the first half against Bradford

But we should be applauding the fact a club have had a manager for 16 years in a world in which divorce rates get ever higher, in which loyalty isn’t valued and in which everyone demands everything instantly.

Sensible football people should be defending Arsene Wenger and fighting for him to build another great Arsenal team. And we certainly shouldn’t be sat here saying: ‘Arsenal will never win another title.’ To me, that seems absurdly reactive.

Premier League fans shouldn"t be treated like animals, says Vincent Kompany

Fans aren't animals! Kompany dismisses calls for netting at Premier League stadiums

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UPDATED:

11:00 GMT, 14 December 2012

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has urged the football authorities not to treat supporters like animals by erecting netting in front of them at stadia in the Barclays Premier League.

Kompany was at City’s Etihad Stadium as Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was struck with a coin at the end of last weekend’s derby game.

That incident prompted calls for nets to be erected in certain areas at grounds across the country to protect players from missiles.

Missiles: Manchester United players, including Rio Ferdinand, were pelted with missiles as they celebrated their late win in the derby at the Etihad Stadium

Missiles: Manchester United players, including Rio Ferdinand, were pelted with missiles as they celebrated their late win in the derby at the Etihad Stadium

No net gains: Vincent Kompany doesn't want to see fans fenced in at stadiums

No net gains: Vincent Kompany doesn't want to see fans fenced in at stadiums

But Belgian defender Kompany said: 'I hope actions will be taken but let’s not forget where football has come from and how far it has come.

'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.

'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.'

Kompany – who is fighting to recover from injury in time for Saturday's visit to Newcastle – was speaking to BBC’s Football Focus during City’s annual visit to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Manchester City aren"t the "unit" they were last season, says Gael Clichy

We're not playing like champions, admits Clichy as Man City struggle to gel in title defence

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UPDATED:

07:55 GMT, 14 December 2012

Gael Clichy believes Manchester City's shortcomings this season can be put down to failing to gel as a team.

Last weekend the defending champions lost the Manchester derby to title rivals United, suffering their first Barclays Premier League defeat of the season and first at home for almost two years.

It handed the Red Devils a six-point advantage at the top of the table but Clichy knows that is not insurmountable.

Who wants me Gael Clichy says he and his team aren't working as a unit

Who wants me Gael Clichy says he and his team aren't working as a unit

'For me the problem this year is that we are not playing as well as a unit as we did last year and that's what we have to work on,' he said.

'I am very confident though because we have the quality and I am sure we are going to be there at the end of the season. I personally believe and feel that we have a mission and its aim is to become champions again.

'The feeling within the team is great at the moment and I hope that the fans are behind us because we will need them to go all the way.'

Clichy, whose mistake led to the free-kick from which United scored the 90th-minute winner, insists they can take positives from the United defeat.

And he hopes the trip to Newcastle will spark them back into life tomorrow although they will have to do it without key defensive midfielder Gareth Barry as he serves a one-match ban after accepting an FA charge of using abusive and/or insulting words to an official in an incident after the United defeat.

'We hadn't lost a game for a long time at the Etihad but it's done now and the only thing we can do is focus on the positive things that happened during that game,' said the Frenchman.

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'We went 2-0 down and again we showed great team spirit in getting it back to 2-2 – apart from the last 20 minutes of the first half, I don't think they were on top of us.

'When you lose a game in the last minute it's always difficult – but we can't feel sorry for ourselves.

'We know what we did well and what we didn't do so well and we have to try to avoid those bad points.'