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Fabrice Muamba cardiac arrest used in British Heart Foundation advert

Muamba's cardiac arrest to be shown in new British Heart Foundation TV advert

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Cardiac arrest: Muamba is treated on the pitch at White Hart Lane in March 2012

Cardiac arrest: Muamba is treated on the pitch at White Hart Lane in March 2012

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The 39-second ad is to be shown on ITV and Channel 4 from Saturday, and Sky Sports during the Tottenham and Manchester City match on Sunday.

Medics had to give Muamba 15 shocks to get his heart pumping again when he collapsed during an FA Cup clash with Tottenham last March.

The advert shows players – including Spurs' William Gallas and Benoit Assou-Ekotto – looking distressed as Muamba lies motionless on the pitch.

Speaking over the emotional scenes, BHF Research Professor Mark Kearney tells viewers: 'I hate my job. I hate the misery heart disease brings.

Tributes: Football fans around the world joined forces to wish Muamba well

Tributes: Football fans around the world joined forces to wish Muamba well

Tributes: Football fans around the world joined forces to wish Muamba well

'It lurks among the places you least expect – it takes the young and the fit and it does not discriminate. But we are fighting back.'

Bolton's club doctor Dr Jonathan Tobin revealed Muamba was 'effectively dead' for 78 minutes when he suffered the cardiac arrest.

He was taken to the London Chest Hospital, in Bethnal Green, East London, and spent a month in intensive care.

Muamba later announced his retirement from football on medical grounds, and thanked the doctors that saved him, adding: 'I thank God that I am alive.'

Emotional return: Muamba thanks fans at the Reebok Stadium in May 2012

Emotional return: Muamba thanks fans at the Reebok Stadium in May 2012

The match was abandoned at 1-1.

BHF Medical Director Professor Peter Weissberg today said: 'We are grateful to Fabrice for allowing us to share his story in a hard-hitting campaign that highlights the potential devastation of heart disease.

'With the support of researchers and heart patients like Fabrice, the Fight For Every Heartbeat campaign centres on the transformational research that will combat heart disease.'

Leo Fernandes, a painter and decorator who had a heart attack at 46 and also features in the ad, said: 'The truth is heart disease affects everyone.'

Muamba – a dad of one – joined the Arsenal academy in 2002 before moving to Birmingham, then Bolton in 2008.

Keeping busy: Muamba is unveiled as the honourary starter of the BUPA Great Manchester Run this week

Keeping busy: Muamba is unveiled as the honourary starter of the BUPA Great Manchester Run this week

This is not the first time the BHF have used a professional footballer in their adverts in a bid to widen their appeal.

Footballer-turned actor Vinnie Jones famously demonstrated how to do life-saving CPR to the Bee Gees' tune Stayin' Alive.

The BHF today released new research about heart disease to coincide with the launch of the latest advert.

Their figures show people living in poor areas of Britain are 2.87 times more likely to suffer heart disease than those from wealthier areas.

Experts say this is likely to be because people living in these areas are more likely to smoke.

John Terry and Frank Lampard pelted with coins and hot dogs during Chelsea versus West Ham match at Stamford Bridge

Coins and hot dog thrown at Terry and Lampard by West Ham fans during London derby at Stamford Bridge

By
Sami Mokbel

PUBLISHED:

20:18 GMT, 17 March 2013

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UPDATED:

22:03 GMT, 17 March 2013

Chelsea were embroiled in yet another police probe last night after John Terry was hit by a missile in the win over West Ham.

Hammers fans launched coins and bottles at Blues players as they celebrated Frank Lampard's 200th goal for the Blues.

Metropolitan Police chiefs confirmed they have opened an investigation after receiving an official complaint regarding the incident.

Incident: Police have launched an investigation after coins were thrown at Chelsea's Frank Lampard as he celebrated in front of West Ham fans in Sunday's derby at Stamford Bridge

Incident: Police have launched an investigation after coins were thrown at Chelsea's Frank Lampard as he celebrated in front of West Ham fans in Sunday's derby at Stamford Bridge

Unsavoury: A hot dog (right of shot) was hurled from the West Ham fans at Chelsea captain John Terry as he warmed up near the corner flag

Unsavoury: A hot dog (right of shot) was hurled from the West Ham fans at Chelsea captain John Terry as he warmed up near the corner flag

The FA are will consider this morning whether to begin their own investigation into the ugly scenes.

Tensions between Terry and visiting
supporters were already boiling point as Hammers fans directed torrid
abuse towards the Blues skipper as he warmed up early in the first-half.

In response, Terry mimicked lifting a number of trophies – a reference to the three Premier League titles, five FA Cups, two League Cups and European Cup he has won at Chelsea.

Silverware: John Terry lifts an imaginary trophy in response to West Ham taunts

Silverware: John Terry lifts an imaginary trophy in response to West Ham taunts

John Terry pretends to lift a trophy in front of the West Ham fans

Take that: Terry responds to the West Ham fans while his Chelsea teammates celebrate Frank Lampard's opening goal

Take that: Terry responds to the West Ham fans while his Chelsea teammates celebrate Frank Lampard's opening goal

There were no arrests or ejections
yesterday, but Chelsea security staff will this morning study CCTV
footage to identify the culprits.

A statement from West Ham read: 'West Ham will be working with Chelsea to investigate reports of missile throwing.

'Any individual found to have acted in
an inappropriate way will have to face the consequences of their
actions, including the possibility of a ban from attending future
matches.'

Confrontation: The hot dog appears to land some way from Terry as he limbered up in front of the away end

Confrontation: The hot dog appears to land some way from Terry as he limbered up in front of the away end

Missiles: The West Ham fans also aimed coins at Terry

Missiles: The West Ham fans also aimed coins at Terry

The incident is the fourth police investigation Chelsea have been involved in this season.

Police opened an investigation into
allegations referee Mark Clattenburg racially abused Jon Obi Mikel
during the now infamous clash against Manchester United on October 28.

The same match spawned another police
probe as a steward sustained a knee injury after he was crushed in the
aftermath of Javier Hernandez's winner.

Likewise, South Wales Police
investigated Eden Hazard kick on a ball boy during the Capital One Cup
semi-final second leg clash against Swansea on January 23.

Angry words: Terry was the subject of taunts from the away fans

Angry words: Terry was the subject of taunts from the away fans

Hammers fans were clearly outraged by Lampard's decision to celebrate his milestone moment in front of them yesterday.

But Lampard said: 'I wasn't hit by anything. I went quite close to the West Ham fans but that was the natural curve of my run.'

On the incident, Blues manager Rafa Benitez said: 'When you score 200 goals, you don't think about where you go. You celebrate.

'Afterwards, he realised it would be better to be in another part (of the ground). I don't think he was hit (by a missile).'

Manchester United beat Liverpool in U21s but a flare and smoke bombs are thrown

Flares, smoke bombs and pitch invaders mar Liverpool v Man United Under 21 clash

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

23:19 GMT, 25 February 2013

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UPDATED:

07:20 GMT, 26 February 2013

Young Liverpool striker Adam Morgan was confronted by a pitch invader during ugly scenes at the Premier League Under-21 clash with Manchester United.

Morgan, 18, shrugged off the encounter which followed a flare being thrown on to the pitch at Langtree Park, the home of St Helens rugby league team on Monday night.

Raucous: Manchester United fans brought smoke bombs and a flare to the U21 match at Langtree Park

Raucous: Manchester United fans brought smoke bombs and a flare to the U21 match at Langtree Park

United fans threw a smoke bomb on to the pitch

Players cover their mouths because of the smoke

Man United claimed a dramatic 1-0 victory over their bitter rivals team thanks to Michele
Fornasier's last-gasp strike.

The Italian defender pounced from close range just as it seemed Warren Joyce's side would be denied victory in front of a large crowd.

Alex Buttner and Nick Powell started for United, along with Jeffery Schlupp who is on trial from Leicester, while Raheem Sterling, Suso, Andre Wisdom and Jonjo Shelvey lined up for Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League Under 21 clash.

Liverpool had Stephen Sama sent off early in the second half for his second yellow card.

But the visitors almost failed to capitalise on the dismissal of Sama, spurning several good chances to score before Fornasier's late strike.

Interruption: A Manchester United supporter runs onto the pitch to confront Liverpool's Adam Morgan

Interruption: A Manchester United supporter runs onto the pitch to confront Liverpool's Adam Morgan

Step down: Raheem Sterling was in action for Liverpool's U21s

Step down: Raheem Sterling was in action for Liverpool's U21s

On target: United's Michele Fornasier celebrates scoring a late winning goal

On target: United's Michele Fornasier celebrates scoring a late winning goal

Two years ago the bitter rivalry marred an FA Youth Cup game at Anfield when away supporters chanted songs about the Hillsborough and Heysel disasters.

There were three arrests for drunkenness and six United supporters were ejected in a chaotic quarter-final.

Both sides finished with nine men as United won 3-2 after coming back from two goals down.

Old Trafford officials were appalled by the conduct of some fans – two were spoken to by police after allegedly setting off flares.

Video: Man United's winning goal

Chelsea fans arrested if flares are set off against Swansea

Chelsea tell fans they will be arrested if flares are let off against Swansea

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

11:09 GMT, 9 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:59 GMT, 9 January 2013

Chelsea have publicly warned their supporters that they risk being arrested for bringing flares and smoke bombs into Stamford Bridge.

They have even warned supporters that dogs will be used to sniff out any fans that are attempting to smuggle in any illicit objects.

The behaviour of supporters in English football has been in the spotlight during a season that has been blighted by incidents of coin-throwing and racist abuse.

Worrying trend: Flares and coins have been thrown at several games this season

Worrying trend: Flares and coins have been thrown at several games this season

The most recent Manchester derby ended in disgraceful scenes as Rio Ferdinand was struck by a coin just above his eye and blue flame from flares enveloped the pitch.

A statement on the club website reads: ‘Chelsea Football Club reminds our supporters that taking flares, smoke bombs or anything similar into a stadium breaches Ground Regulations and using such objects is likely to result in arrest. Their use is extremely dangerous and risks serious injury to fellow fans.

‘Unfortunately there has been an increase in incidents involving flares and smoke bombs in recent weeks and as well as fans facing prosecution, the club is liable to be charged by the authorities should this behaviour continue.

‘Anyone choosing to break the law regarding flares and smoke bombs at football matches runs a high risk of being caught. During the FA Cup game at Southampton, a person in the Chelsea section of the stadium was arrested and charged with throwing a flare onto the pitch.’

Blue is the colour: A fan was arrested after a flare was thrown onto the pitch as Chelsea played Southampton last weekend

Blue is the colour: A fan was arrested after a flare was thrown onto the pitch as Chelsea played Southampton in the FA Cup third round last weekend

Blue is the colour: A fan was arrested after a flare was thrown onto the pitch as Chelsea played Southampton in the FA Cup third round last weekend

Chelsea also warned their fans not to attempt to take flares into the Liberty Stadium when the Blues head to South Wales for next week's return leg in a fortnight's time.

‘At our away Capital One Cup match at Swansea later this month, South Wales Police will be using dogs in the area of the turnstiles to detect fans carrying such objects,' the statement went on.

‘Should any arrest result in conviction then Chelsea FC will support the police in every possible way to obtain a football banning order.

‘The club, the players and the management greatly appreciate the large number of fans and the vocal support which have backed the team this season, but we ask for good behaviour to be maintained. Please don’t risk a criminal conviction and banning order, or the club being charged with an offence, for the sake of a flare, smoke bomb or firework.’

FA to appeal against UEFA bans for Stephen Caulker and Tom Ince

FA to fight UEFA bans handed to Caulker and Ince after U21 play-off in Serbia

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18:49 GMT, 8 January 2013

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UPDATED:

02:14 GMT, 9 January 2013

The Football Association have confirmed they have officially appealed against UEFA's bans against Steven Caulker and Tom Ince over England Under 21's heated European Championship play-off against Serbia.

Spurs defender Caulker was given a two-match ban and Blackpool winger Ince a one-match suspension after clashes between players and coaching staff at the end of the match in Krusevac in October.

FA general secretary Alex Horne said last month the FA intended to appeal against the bans.

Fight the ban: The FA have confirmed they will fight the bans handed to Steven Caulker and Tom Ince

Fight the ban: The FA have confirmed they will fight the bans handed to Steven Caulker and Tom Ince

He said then: 'It is the FA's vehement belief that its players and staff acted correctly in the face of provocation, including racist abuse and missiles being thrown.

'We are therefore surprised to see that two of our players have been given suspensions.

'We shall await UEFA's reasoning but it is our intention, at this stage, to support our players and appeal these decisions.'

UEFA ordered Serbia to play their next under-21 international behind closed doors following racist chanting and violent scenes during and after the clash.

The FA had reported the racist abuse to UEFA plus a number of other incidents. Full-back Danny Rose, who was dismissed after the final whistle for kicking the ball away in anger, complained he had been particularly targeted.

Nasty scenes: Players and coaching staff from both sides clashed after the final whistle

Nasty scenes: Players and coaching staff from both sides clashed after the final whistle

Rose claimed he was subjected to monkey chants throughout the match and as he left the pitch.

The Serbia FA was also fined 80,000 euros (65,000) 'for the improper conduct of its supporters during and at the end of the match, as well as for the improper conduct of the Serbia players at the end of the game'.

Serbia fitness coach Andreja Milunovic, who attacked England officials, was banned for two years, the second of which is suspended for three years. Serbia assistant coach Predrag Katic was also banned for two years, the final six months of which suspended for three years.

Four Serbia players were also banned – Goran Causic for four matches, Ognjen Mudrinski and Filip Malbasic for three and Nikola Ninkovic for two.
The punishments meted out were widely condemned in some quarters at the time, while UEFA announced it would appeal against all the sanctions imposed by its control and disciplinary body in relation to the match.

Ban: Serbia have been ordered to play their next game behind closed doors

Ban: Serbia have been ordered to play their next game behind closed doors

Lord Herman Ouseley, chairman of football's anti-discrimination group Kick It Out, said last month: 'Kick It Out shares the concerns of many in football that abuse aimed at black players isn't taken seriously enough.

'This is a paltry slap on the wrist and again we haven't seen decisive action from UEFA.'

Sports minister Hugh Robertson, who had written to UEFA president Michel Platini demanding tough action for the racist abuse, expressed his disappointment.

Robertson said: 'I am disappointed in the punishment that has been awarded to the Serbian FA given the widespread racist abuse that England's Under-21 team suffered that night. Racism is completely unacceptable and we need tough sanctions to help combat it.'

Piara Powar, executive director of European anti-discrimination body FARE, also believed the punishment should have been more severe.

Powar said: 'We are disappointed in the totality of the sanction handed out to the Serbian FA. The original offences warranted a more severe collective punishment than a ban on spectators for one match.

'This is a moment in which leadership to challenge discrimination is needed from all authorities. This sanction falls short of that objective.

'We fully acknowledge the unilateral action taken by the Serbian FA in suspending players and sacking coaches in the wake of the match, but they need to demonstrate a wider commitment to educate their supporters and work towards tolerance.'

Mario Balotelli will be sold by Manchester City

EXCLUSIVE: Mario must go! City want quick cash deal for Balotelli after Mancini bust-up

By
Ian Ladyman

PUBLISHED:

22:37 GMT, 4 January 2013

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UPDATED:

23:14 GMT, 4 January 2013

Manchester City are ready to sell Mario Balotelli as soon as possible after Roberto Mancini privately conceded he cannot change the wayward Italy striker.

Despite further claims to the contrary from the City manager, it is understood that Mancini has finally decided it is time to move Balotelli out of the club.

City will not wish to say the 22-year-old is for sale, for fear of driving down his plummeting value even further.

Are you sure you should have that Mario Balotelli returned to training on Friday after his bust-up

Are you sure you should have that Mario Balotelli returned to training on Friday after his bust-up

But with Balotelli now providing virtually nothing on the field — he has scored just one goal this season in the Barclays Premier League — and proving to be a constant distraction behind the scenes, Mancini, having previously stood by the player against the advice of many of his staff, accepts he has done all he can.

Mancini spoke for the first time about the embarrassing scenes that occurred at the end of a City training session on Thursday as the manager and his striker were photographed pushing and shoving each other in front of the astonished first-team squad.

Mancini said he would give Balotelli a ‘hundred chances to change’ and confirmed that the former Inter Milan star would not be fined and would be in the squad for the FA Cup tie with Watford at the Etihad Stadium this afternoon.

Game over: Balotelli will now be sold by Manchester City despite Mancini insisting otherwise (below)

Game over: Balotelli will now be sold by Manchester City despite Mancini insisting otherwise (below)

Glum: Roberto Mancini faces the questions during his Friday press conference

But City are willing to talk to any club who may wish to make an offer. AC Milan are circling but City want a cash sale — not a loan.

This all points to Balotelli staying during the transfer window and being sold in the summer.

On Friday, further details emerged of Balotelli’s assault on team-mate Scott Sinclair that prompted Mancini’s bust-up with Balotelli. Sportsmail understands that Balotelli’s lunge on Sinclair was so wild that Mancini felt compelled to intervene.

‘This was not just a mistimed tackle that you sometimes get towards the end of training,’ a source revealed. ‘This was an horrendous, horrific slash.’

Pals again Balotelli (left) laughs with team-mate Scott Sinclair during training on Friday

Pals again Balotelli (left) laughs with team-mate Scott Sinclair during training on Friday

Meanwhile a separate issue loomed over another City striker when it emerged that Sergio Aguero has split from his wife Giannina, daughter of Diego Maradona, after four years.

It is unclear whether she will live with their three-year-old son Benjamin in Madrid or Buenos Aires, but the news is bound to raise concerns over Aguero remaining settled in Manchester.

Sports minister Hugh Robertson says racism bans need to be tougher

Football must get tough on racism, says sports minister Robertson

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UPDATED:

12:38 GMT, 23 December 2012

Sports minister Hugh Robertson has admitted the recurrence of racist incidents in English football is a concern and has called on the game to work harder to create opportunities for black managers.

Liverpool's Luis Suarez and Chelsea defender John Terry were both handed bans for racist abuse in the last 12 months.

'I think most of us would be worried by the recurrence of the issues around racism in football,' Robertson told Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme.

Too soft: John Terry's four game ban was not enough, according to Hugh Robertson MP

Too soft: John Terry's four game ban was not enough, according to Hugh Robertson MP

Asked if the Football Association, who suspended Terry for four games, should have been harder on the England captain, Robertson added: 'Yes, I think in retrospect the answer to that is yes.

'They are in a difficult position because they have to follow the law and there are legal challenges on all sides, but I don't think anybody looking back on this year would think it's been a particularly happy chapter.

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Ugly scenes: Danny Rose was racially abused while playing for England U21s in Serbia

Time to get tough: Sports minister Hugh Robertson says football must keep on top of racism issues

Time to get tough: Sports minister Hugh Robertson says football must keep on top of racism issues

'It's one of those things racism that you've really got to keep on top of it the whole time.

'I've seen quite a few black players who've asked to come and see me to talk through the problems. They very clearly feel there aren't enough black coaches, there aren't enough black managers, there's a glass ceiling on top them.

'That's why developments like St George's Park are going to be so important to bring through a new generation of black coaches and black managers to try and tackle this.

'Just look at the FA council, and ask yourself how many ex black players and how many women there are on that body, it's not a great advertisement.'

The FA accused of showing "total apathy" towards fan safety at time of Hillsborough disaster

Hillsborough latest: FA were more 'interested in lunch' than fan safety in 1980s, claims former Wembley chief

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UPDATED:

09:57 GMT, 21 December 2012

The Football Association have been accused of showing ‘total apathy’ towards fans and their safety in the 1980s at the time of Hillsborough disaster.

David Griffiths, who was chief executive of Wembley stadium in the 1970s and 80s, made the accusation and claims there was a 'culture of complacency' in the FA’s safety inspection regime.

In an interview with the Liverpool Echo, he said: ‘This culture of complacency existed all the way through the 70s and 80s. My belief is that it was prevalent at the time of Hillsborough.

Horror scenes: Fans spill onto the pitch during the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest

Horror scenes: Fans spill onto the pitch during the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest

'They would turn up and basically ask ‘what’s for lunch’

The FA have declined to comment on Mr Griffiths’ specific claims, but a spokesman said: 'The FA and English football has changed immeasurably and has learnt many lessons in the last 23 years.

'Through advancements in safety and investment in facilities English football is now a much safer, more welcoming environment for supporters.'

Mr Griffith’s comments comes as the FA prepare to be investigated by a new police probe for its role in the disaster.

Justice: The families of the 96 outside the High Court after the original accidental death verdicts were quashed and an order for fresh inquests

Justice: The families of the 96 outside the High Court after the original accidental death verdicts were quashed and an order for fresh inquests

The Hillsborough Independent Panel report said there was no meeting between FA officials and the police ahead of the 1989 semi-final that claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool fans at Sheffield Wednesday’s stadium.

Instead the arrangements that had been used in 1988 were confirmed for 1989 by telephone.

The panel also revealed that according to Sheffield Wednesday club secretary Graham Mackrell that there was no inter-agency pre-match briefing.

'Somebody should have been at that meeting. Had I been the chairman of the FA’s match and ground committee I would have wanted to see the people who managed Hillsborough.'

Man City 2 Man United 3: match report – Robin van Persie scores winner

Man City 2 Man United 3: Heartbreak for Mancini as Van Persie's stoppage-time strike steals the points and sparks total chaos

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UPDATED:

20:05 GMT, 9 December 2012

Robin van Persie scored an injury-time winner to give Manchester United victory amid ugly scenes at the end of today's Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium.

Two goals down to a first-half Wayne Rooney double, Manchester City thought they had snatched a point when Pablo Zabaleta followed up Yaya Toure's strike by driving home five minutes from time.

But after Rafael had been fouled on the edge of the area, Van Persie's free-kick flicked off Samir Nasri before cannoning in off the far post.

As United celebrated, Rio Ferdinand was struck by an object which drew blood from a cut close to his eye.

Derby delight: Robin van Persie celebrates after his deflected free-kick snatched a win for Man United

Derby delight: Robin van Persie celebrates after his deflected free-kick snatched a win for Man United

Whip: Van Persie's free kick hit Samir Nasri in the City wall and swerved beyond Joe Hart

Whip: Van Persie's free kick hit Samir Nasri in the City wall and swerved beyond Joe Hart

Incident: A City fan threw a coin at Rio Ferdinand which hit him, drawing blood

Incident: A City fan threw a coin at Rio Ferdinand which hit him, drawing blood

Confrontation: Hart tries to prevent this City fan reaching Ferdinand

Confrontation: Hart tries to prevent this City fan reaching Ferdinand

Match facts

Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany (K Toure 21), Nastasic, Clichy, Silva, Y Toure (Dzeko 84), Barry, Nasri, Aguero, Balotelli (Tevez 52).

Subs not used: Pantilimon, Maicon, Lescott, Javi Garcia.

Booked: Nasri, Y Toure, Tevez.

Goals: Y Toure 60, Zabaleta 86.

Man Utd: De Gea, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Evans (Smalling 58), Evra, Valencia (Jones 84), Carrick, Cleverley (Welbeck 87), Young, Rooney, van Persie.

Subs not used: Johnstone, Giggs, Hernandez, Scholes.

Booked: Ferdinand, Rooney, Jones.

Goals: Rooney 16, 29, Van Persie 90.

Att: 47,166.

Ref: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire).

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A supporter then ran onto the pitch and had to be restrained by Joe Hart before being carted away by stewards.

Sir Alex Ferguson then seemed to
exchange words with former United striker Carlos Tevez before referee
Martin Atkinson brought an end to a breathless afternoon.

Rooney's brace saw him jump to the top
of United's scoring charts in Manchester derbies, his 10 goals taking
him one clear of Sir Bobby Charlton.

United's defensive frailties have been
obvious to everyone this term, so it came as something of a shock that
City's rearguard was the topic of conversation at half-time.

Dominant during the opening 15
minutes, the Blues were caught cold by the visitors' first attack,
started deep in their own half by Patrice Evra.

Van Persie cushioned a delightful
return pass from Ashley Young's flicked header, allowing the winger to
drive over halfway and drill a low cross to the edge of the area for
Rooney, who controlled it expertly.

Mix of emotions: Man United celebrate but Ferdinand holds his head after being hit by a coin and blue smoke from a flare fills the background

Mix of emotions: Man United celebrate but Ferdinand holds his head after being hit by a coin and blue smoke from a flare fills the background

Premature: Pablo Zabaleta's strike seemed to have earned City a draw

Premature: Pablo Zabaleta's strike seemed to have earned City a draw

Here we go: Wayne Rooney opened proceedings with a sidefooted finish which wrong-footed Joe Hart

Here we go: Wayne Rooney opened proceedings with a sidefooted finish which wrong-footed Joe Hart

Fine start: Rooney celebrates with his team-mates after getting the derby off to a cracking beginning

Fine start: Rooney celebrates with his team-mates after getting the derby off to a cracking beginning

Surrounded by three City defenders,
Rooney took the ball to his left before cutting a shot back to the near
post that Hart had no chance of keeping out.

City's concerns grew when Vincent
Kompany was replaced by Kolo Toure, bringing additional uncertainty to a
defence which conceded a second a short time later.

This time the surge came from the
right wing as Antonio Valencia found an overlapping Rafael with a
perfectly-weighted pass which the Brazilian crossed into the danger
zone.

Rooney, who had been allowed to gallop
unopposed from his initial pass, could not believe the space on offer
which allowed him to tuck his first-time shot beyond Hart, allowing him
to become the sixth player – and the youngest – to score 150 Premier
League goals.

There was a conviction about United's play that was missing from City's.

Swap: City skipper Vincent Kompany had to be withdrawn for Kolo Toure

Swap: City skipper Vincent Kompany had to be withdrawn for Kolo Toure

Double up: Rooney strikes the second goal to increase United's lead

Double up: Rooney strikes the second goal to increase United's lead

Mario Balotelli, preferred up front to
Carlos Tevez, was the subject of his manager's ire, yet Sergio Aguero
was the one who had failed to control the Italian's through-ball when
the scores were still level.

Aguero was also the player who took on
the entire Red Devils defence single handedly and squeezed a shot
towards the corner which David de Gea did well to keep out.

After wasting possession once too
often, Balotelli was replaced by Tevez, the Italian heading straight
down the tunnel, although not before fixing Mancini with an icy stare.

Ashley Young then had a goal
incorrectly ruled out for offside when he tucked home the rebound from a
Van Persie shot that had cannoned back off a post, and United were
still digesting their disappointment as City countered to pull a goal
back.

Pure delight: The England striker wheels away in celebration

Pure delight: The England striker wheels away in celebration

Away day party: United were 2-0 up and flying with City misfiring

Away day party: United were 2-0 up and flying with City misfiring

De Gea produced brilliant saves to
deny Tevez and David Silva, but he was unable to keep out a third strike
on goal from Yaya Toure, who calmly rolled Tevez's cut-back into the
bottom corner.

It was the goal that lit the
touchpaper for a thrilling finale, with tackles flying in from both
sides as referee Atkinson desperately tried to keep control.

Van Persie headed Cleverley's cross
over before De Gea somehow kept Silva's shot out at the other end when
it flicked off his shoulder and onto the crossbar.

Disappointment: David Silva found it hard to make an impact in the first half

Disappointment: David Silva found it hard to make an impact in the first half

Struggle: Mario Balotelli challenges David de Gea but could not trouble him

Struggle: Mario Balotelli challenges David de Gea but could not trouble him

Change of tack: Roberto Mancini hooked the striker early in the second half and Balotelli stormed off

Change of tack: Roberto Mancini hooked the striker early in the second half and Balotelli stormed off

City had the momentum though and when
Tevez's corner was half-cleared into Zabaleta's path, the Argentinian
thrashed home a ferocious shot through a crowded penalty area.

There was one final twist to come,
though, as Van Persie stepped up to end City's 37-match unbeaten run on
home soil to send United six points clear at the top.

Back in business: Yaya Toure celebrates after his strike gave City hope

Back in business: Yaya Toure celebrates after his strike gave City hope

Starting point: Yaya Toue wraps his shot past De Gea's arm and into the far corner

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West Ham anti-Semitic chants: Harry Redknapp leads attack

You're filth! Harry leads attack on West Ham yobs as FA and club launch probe

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07:38 GMT, 27 November 2012

Harry Redknapp has warned English football is in danger of a return to the dark days of the Seventies after the disgraceful scenes at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

The new QPR manager said he was disgusted with football’s yobs and accused them of being ‘filth’ after fans of his former club West Ham chanted anti-Semitic songs during their 3-1 defeat at Tottenham.

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Plenty to ponder: Harry Redknapp hit out at the West Ham fans who sang anti-Semitic songs

Plenty to ponder: Harry Redknapp hit out at the West Ham fans who sang anti-Semitic songs

Redknapp, who also spent nearly four
years in charge of Spurs, said: ‘We don’t want to go back to what we had
with all the violence in the Seventies — we can’t have that again.

‘When they get in a group it’s filth. It’s disgusting and people are supposed to stand there and take it.

‘They chant at managers, at players and at each other and it has nothing to do with the football. They are cowards. It’s disgusting and I keep hearing it, but it’s not right.’

Israel midfielder Yossi Benayoun, who is on loan at West Ham from Chelsea, spoke of his disappointment and embarrassment after away supporters hissed and sang vile songs about Adolf Hitler on Sunday.

Benayoun wrote on Twitter: ‘I have a great relationship with the West Ham United supporters from my first spell at the club and again now I am back on loan here. This is why I was very disappointed to hear some of the songs yesterday and it was embarrassing.’

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The FA have launched an investigation and West Ham vowed to take ‘the strongest possible action’ — including lifetime bans — against any of their supporters found to have been chanting abuse.

The Society of Black Lawyers have reported the chants highlighted by Benayoun (below) to the Metropolitan Police, and two men were arrested at the game for making Nazi salutes.

Both accepted cautions and one has been identified as a West Ham season ticket-holder and banned from the club.

Police may also launch a formal criminal investigation after receiving a telephone call from a member of the public about anti-Semitic chanting in the West Ham section of the ground.

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A West Ham statement added: ‘Any other individuals identified can expect a similar, swift and robust response.

‘West Ham will take the strongest possible action against any of their supporters, including enforcing life bans from the club, that are found guilty of behaviour which is categorically not condoned by West Ham.’

The Board of Deputies of British Jews said the chants were ‘a stain upon the character of British football’.

The organisation, the main representative body of British Jewry, also criticised Scunthorpe United manager Brian Laws after he compared his team’s defending in Saturday’s 4-0 loss at Doncaster Rovers to the Holocaust.

Gaffe: Brian Laws compared Scunthorpe's defeat to the Holocaust

Gaffe: Brian Laws compared Scunthorpe's defeat to the Holocaust

Laws has since apologised for his ‘poor choice of language’, but a statement from the board said: ‘Clearly there is either a lack of understanding or a lack of compassion within some sections of the British football world about these issues.

‘We will be writing to the Football Association to urge them to punish those responsible for these chants and to take further steps to rid our national game of these slurs.

'Anti-Semitism has no place in football or society in general. For football fans to use Holocaust imagery and chants glorifying Adolf Hitler is grossly offensive to the Jewish community and is a stain upon the character of British football.’

On Sunday there were also repeated chants mocking the stabbing of Spurs fan Ashley Mills, who remains in hospital in Rome after he was attacked in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Aftermath: The Drunken Ship pub in Rome where Spurs fans were attacked last week

Aftermath: The Drunken Ship pub in Rome where Spurs fans were attacked last week

Sections of West Ham supporters sang ‘Viva Lazio’ and ‘Can we stab you every week’, and Italian flags were also spotted among the away fans.

Mills, 25, was visited in hospital by Lazio president Claudio Lotito yesterday following his injuries sustained before Tottenham’s Europa League clash in Rome last week.

Lotito, who denies his club’s fans had any involvement in the brutal attack, gave Mills a Lazio shirt with his name on it and promised there would be a ‘surprise’ on his players’ strips in tonight’s Serie A match against Udinese.

When asked about the songs at White Hart Lane on Sunday, Lotito said: ‘Those people were not fans — they were chants that should be punished by jail.’

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Redknapp claimed clubs are powerless to act because of the sheer number of people chanting offensive songs.

The Rangers boss said: ‘It’s so difficult to deal with and you can’t throw them all out. It’s happening more and more.

‘I heard the abuse Arsene Wenger gets and I saw Dave Jones and heard what they are singing at Sheffield Wednesday — it’s disgusting. I don’t know what we can do with these people.’

WEST HAM'S OFFICIAL STATEMENT

West Ham United are in contact with Tottenham Hotspur to assist them with their investigation into the conduct of a small number of supporters and alleged inappropriate chanting during yesterday's match at White Hart Lane.

West Ham United will take the strongest possible action against any of their supporters, including enforcing life bans from the club, that are found guilty of behaviour which is categorically not condoned by West Ham United.

During the 46 games in the Championship last season, West Ham United had zero arrests for racism or violence, so while we are surprised to see such reports today, we will examine any available evidence of such conduct thoroughly and take the appropriate action.