In a novel twist on the cliched world of football, Matthew Stott the Manchester City fan who stormed the pitch on Sunday to ‘have a go’ at Rio Ferdinand has taken the unusual step of issuing a public apology via his solicitors after being arrested for ‘pitch encroachment. ‘
“I would like to apologise to all those affected by my actions yesterday, particularly Mr Ferdinand and the other players. I am extremely ashamed of my actions. I have let myself down, my family down, my fellow fans down and Manchester City Football Club.
“I intend to write personally to Mr Ferdinand to express my extreme regret and apologies and also apologise to Manchester United and their fans. I would like to thank Joe Hart for his actions when I came on the pitch.”
“I have been a fan of Manchester City Football club all my life and I have been a season ticket holder for three years and I attend the games with my father. I have had the same seat in the section next to the away fans for those three years.”
This might be a shrewd mitigating move by Mr Stott who has opted for the ‘momentary act of madness’ option in explaining his match-day behavior, but surely anyone behaving like this has to be banned, fined and where necessary jailed in order to stamp this sort of activity out?
I hate to sound as if I’m 90, but all this hot headed hooligan stuff needs to be treated with a zero tolerance approach. Rio Ferdinand could have lost the sight in his eye. That’s no overstatement. Who is to say the next man to run onto a pitch only wants to shout abuse? There are some unbalanced people out there and this whole business must be nipped in the bud.