It makes you wonder that if Cantona was banned for the best part of a year for kicking a fan hurling racist abuse at him, why should the authorities not throw the book at Craig Bellamy for hitting a restrained fan that had nothing to do with him in the face?

Not only a thug but a pussy too, given that he needed three stewards to hold on to the United fan. Adebayor last week, Bellamy this week, and Mark Hughes defends them both. Good to see he’s got control of his players!