Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 1/4/13
The fan who confronted Rio Ferdinand at the end of the Manchester derby has been banned from attending football matches for three years. Manchester City fan Matthew Stott, 21, was told he came close to going to prison, but instead his 56-day jail term was suspended for 12 months. Stott had to be restrained by City keeper Joe Hart from confronting Ferdinand, who was bleeding from a cut caused by a coin thrown from the stands. Ferdinand had been celebrating Robin van Persie's late winner for United at City's Etihad Stadium when tempers boiled over. TV footage of the incident was played at Manchester Magistrates Court showing Stott, who had drunk eight pints of lager before kick-off, trying to confront Ferdinand. Stott, a landscape gardener of Southfields, Knutsford, pleaded guilty to encroaching on the field of play and using insulting words or behaviour. As well as the football ban and suspended jail sentence, he was ordered to do 120 hours community service, must pay ?145 in c...
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