Don’t treat fans like animals, says Kompany
- 14 December 2012 08:28
- Posted by Mark Booth
City captain Vincent Kompany has called upon the footballing authorities to treat supporters like human beings after the ugly scenes which marred the end of Sunday’s Manchester derby.
PFA chief Gordon Taylor had suggested that installing netting around the playing area could be a solution to objects flying onto the pitch but Kompany believes a degree of perspective should be applied to the situation.
"I hope actions will be taken but let's not forget where football has come from and how far it has come", Kompany said in an interview that will be broadcast on tomorrow’s BBC Football Focus.
"I would definitely say we need action on prevention but keep treating fans as human beings and not animals that have to be behind cages.
"I do think we should take action against these incidents and I have heard a lot of suggestions about putting up nets and everything.
"But the fact we are able to put people outside of cages is something that makes the English game so much more special."
The 26-year old is in a race against time to be fit for the match against Newcastle on Saturday afternoon but Magpie Hatem Ben Arfa looks set to miss out for the hosts after aggravating a hamstring problem.
"For this game we have a bit of a concern over Hatem and whether he will be available and that is something we are looking at today," said Pardew in today’s Irish Independent. "His hamstring has a little bit of a problem and we're still trying to get to the bottom of that."
Meanwhile, on the day that Yaya Toure committed his long-term future to the Blues, ex-City midfielder Owen Hargreaves has listed the Ivorian as one of his three best Premier League midfielders of all-time.
The injury plagued former England international is currently entertaining offers from Major League Soccer but has looked back on his time on England to declare Yaya, Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Scholes as his top trio.
“Yaya is definitely up there with the best I’ve ever played with,” said Hargreaves. “He’s just got such a unique array of talents.
“He kind of sneaks up on people. From a distance everybody realises he’s a great player – but to train with him and play with him, you realise just how much better he is.
“He can do anything and be as dominant a player as he would like to be in the game.”
...Owen Hargreaves on Yaya Toure...
Finally, Maicon has been linked with a return to Inter in today’s Daily Star, with writer James Dobson believing that the full-back is unsettled at the club and could ask Roberto Mancini for a move back to the San Siro in January.
Remember, with the January transfer window just a couple of weeks away, that no deal is done until you read it here on mcfc.co.uk.