There is a lot of poor press about right now concerning an incident which took place as players left the field after yesterday’s match between City and Blackburn Rovers.
An article by the Guardian tells the world it was a glass bottle.
Whilst I am certain that nobody connected with Manchester City, be he/she a fan or employee, would condone any unlawful object being thrown on to the field, at least surely the press reporting could get to be a bit more on the button.
I actually saw this incident on Saturday, although from my position I couldn’t see exactly who threw it because of where I was at the time in the Stadium.
The bottle in question was clearly a plastic water bottle. It did have some water in it and it landed close to where El Hadji Diouf and Chimbonda were prancing about celebrating their disgraceful performance which they considered earned them a draw.
Anybody else who watched their behaviour at the end of the match will see that Chimbonda clearly ignored the Steward’s request to hand his shirt to a young fan at the front and selected to throw it into the crowd which causes people to leap into the air to try to catch it and could result in personal injury to the fans concerned. Thank you Chimbonda. You are a poor quality footballer in a poor quality team and your behaviour is consistent with that. El Hadji Diouf might not be every one’s cup of tea, certainly not mine but at least he did as he was asked and a young Blackburn fan went home doubly pleased.
Although it would appear that based upon this behaviour Blackburn won the World Cup yesterday, at least in the end the players made light of the bottle incident as GMPs finest instructed them to leave the field and then took the bottle away as ‘evidence’.
It is quite infuriating that the Guardian should seek to inflame this incident with no hard facts and it is once an example of “shoot City down at all costs.”