Date: 22nd September 2009 at 8:22pm
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Gary Neville has been warned after… well, committing the heinous crime of celebrating a goal with his own teammates and the United staff. He was banned in 2006 for the very same thing so we should be grateful that he hasn’t been executed on the spot.

Craig Bellamy, thug in the Manchester Citeh gang, has also been warned for the apparently no more serious crime of hitting a fan who was restrained by three stewards. Imagine if Eric Cantona did that. A four-month ban, at the very least.

Oh well, these things happen, these things even themselves out – sooner or later the FA will let United get away with something they heavily punish City for. That’s what we told ourselves when Rio Ferdinand was banned for eight months for the same offence that had cost 2k for Manchester City player Christian Negouai.

‘In relation to Craig Bellamy the match referee has confirmed that he would not have sent the player off had he seen the incident with the fan at the time,’ said the FA statement.

That, for me, means that Martin Atkinson confirmed it’s allowed to hit United fans now – you’ll escape not just assault charges, you’ll be allowed to stay on the pitch!