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Giggs: Rio Entitled To Celebrate

Following Manchester United’s injury time win over Manchester City, Rio Ferdinand was struck in the face by a coin. Whilst most people were united in their condemnation of this fan, some suggested that Rio deserved it for provoking the City fans.

Ferdinand celebrated directly in front of the away supporters who were sitting behind the goal. The City fans were sitting in the stand next to them. Had Rio run directly to the stand of home fans, he still wouldn’t deserve to be struck by a coin, but the fact he was celebrating with United fans makes the criticism of Rio all the more ridiculous.

Ryan Giggs has today supported Rio by claiming he has every right to celebrate such an important goal.

“When you score a goal like that you don’t have control of yourself,” said Giggs. “First of all it’s tough at City because their supporters are right next to our supporters. When they are so close together how can you determine whether you are just celebrating in front of United fans? If you just scored that goal and walked back to the centre circle, United fans would want to know ‘what’s going on there?’. The manager would be like ‘what you doing? Celebrate’. We have stamped it out going into the crowd, you get an instant booking. You have still got to enjoy that sort of experience, but obviously the players and fans can’t go too far.”

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  1. alfREDo says:

    Giggsy has seen it all before and has had more reason than most to celebrate down the years!

  2. Ruudboy says:

    very well said mr Giggs… Man Utd have class and we will never descend so low to such shameful behaviour.

  3. mc5mu1 says:

    Ruudboy – come on.

    There are idiots at City and at all clubs.
    Bellamy had coins thrown at him at Utd a couple of years back.

    Much as you love to laud yourselves and think you’re somehow special and ‘class’ , you’re just like all other fans – mix of good, bad, mad and whatever else

  4. FletchTHEMAN says:

    I prefer Paddy Crerands view, that Rio wasn’t in front of the Blues fans.

    But Ryan has a point. Players often find themselves in close proximity to opposing fans and should be able to show some emotion. But this will not be looked favorably by the FA I feel as anyone who recalls the fine on Gary Neville for goading Liverpool fans (not the same, I agree).

    But this shower of projectiles raining on players giving corners is ridiculous.

    OFF TOPIC: Gareth Barry was charged w offensive language to Clattenburg, the 4thOfficial?! Ha! Atkinson too ABU to report city. Sheesh Clatty can’t get a break.
    He is a scum magnet of late!

  5. AlphaRS says:

    These people are saying celebrating infront of the home or away fans means it’s okay for fans to throw objects at players. Stupid reasoning and only in football. Nobody deserves that.
    Also The Massive want to ban the person who threw the coin that hit Rio, what about all the other fans who threw coins that didn’t hit the players?

  6. AlphaRS says:

    Clattenburg Clattenburg running down the wing,
    Clattenburg Clattenburg running down the wing,
    Feared by the blues, loved by the reds,
    Clattenburg, Clattenburg, Clattenburg…! Lolz.

  7. Costas says:

    The away section at OT is also seated close to the home section but I don’t remember coins being thrown at Stevie Me or any other opponent when they celebrated in front of their fans.

  8. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Oliver Holt has a spot on piece in the mirror on this exact topic.
    This is important, because he lambasts radio 5 and absolutely supports the players right to celebrate.
    But he does, rightly, show his colours reminding readers of United supporters who threw missiles at Craig Bellamy when City were at Old Trafford in 2010 ( @Ruudboy take note).

    Also is a rare thing….. Holt must be washing his mouth out after writing a pro united piece. Don’t happen that often….. :roll:

  9. FletchTHEMAN says:

    AlphaRS Shuuuuushhhhhh (whisper) ”’don’t want anyone else to know”’ ;)

    But happy there are a few.

    Speaking of “Pro” United refs (although I don’t see much evidence in the last 3 years)

    Chris Foy will Referee for United v Sunderland at Old Trafford. Officiated 11 games so far this season. Given only 22Yellows and 0 Reds. Considered a good ref by most United fans.

    Hope we completely dismantle Sunderland. They deserve a right hiding, not for the likes of O’Shea, but for their airplane mocking fans and for last May!

  10. domunited says:

    Thwere shouldn’t even be a conversation about where or how players should celebrate… this is simply a story about abusive fans who felt it was their right to throw missiles at players. End of. Regardless of which team has scored, when, where, what have you – the bottom line is that fans just have no business behaving that way.

    Maybe Rio should go to that guy’s job and pelt him with coins when he makes a sale.

  11. T. says:

    Lets face it. Fans of city is just fans of lower class. It is actually just people that would love to support the red side of the town but couldn´t get seats cheap enough so they started supporting City. And cheap people often have coins in their pockets. If our supporters would throw money, it would reach very far, cause credit cards and bills doesnt have the right aerodynamics.


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