Date: 8th May 2007 at 6:20pm
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Michael Ball accepted an FA charge for stamping on Cristiano Ronaldo in the recent derby game that almost sealed United’s league title.

The City full-back stamped on Ronaldo’s stomach in the second minute of the game when ref Rob Styles wasn’t looking. He was lucky to avoid a straight red but in the 34th minute he got his punishment: he fouled Ronaldo in the box and the Portuguese converted the penalty.

Ten minutes from time, Ball almost made crucial impact again: this time he dived near Wes Brown to draw a penalty but Vassell missed that.

The FA made it clear that they would view a video evidence and he’s charged with violent conduct.

‘I deeply regret what I did and have accepted the FA’s charge without hesitation. I have also sent a personal apology to Cristiano,’ Ball told City’s Web site.

‘My action should not be seen on a football pitch and I know we have a responsibility at Premier League level to set a good example to the whole football community.’

Well, that was the least he could do. It will take United fans a very, very long time to forgive his despicable behaviour.