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Bellamy Incident

Manchester City Manager Mark Hughes has come to the defense of his player Craig Bellamy for striking a fan who invaded the pitch during the epic, 4-3 loss to Manchester United over the weekend. "The guy made an aggressive move. Craig just put a defensive hand out to push him away," Hughes said.

Huh? If you watch the video, the fan was quickly apprehended by security and posed no threat to Bellamy, who went out of his way to engage the fan. No one will shed any tears for the perpetrator, but Bellamy was wrong to exacerbate the situation. Agree?


By Steve Goff  |  September 22, 2009; 10:28 AM ET
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"Exacerbate".

Posted by: JohnDorsey | September 22, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

The only shocker is that Bellamy didn't manage to injure himself.

Posted by: HowdyDCU | September 22, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Pshaw. Dude's lucky someone didn't go Mike Curtis on him, because that's what he deserved.

Posted by: OWNTF | September 22, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Hughes would not fit the job as manager of a posing team if he wouldn't provide this posing response.
It's like Joe Torre claiming A-Rod was "just running" when he went to slap the ball out of the first baseman's hand a few years back.

Posted by: inzzo79 | September 22, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

If you ask me, the next step for Bellamy is signing with the Lakers and dating a Kardashian.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | September 22, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Of course, it's ridiculous. I guess it's understandable to hear a manager come to the defense of his star scorer, but it wasn't needed or helpful...any more than Hughes' actions.

Posted by: fischy | September 22, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

If Bellamy hadn't hit the fan, there would have been less added time and City would have taken a point from the match.

Seriously, Sky Sports showed that Bellamy's 55 second celebration after the third goal increased the already announced minimum added time and the Man U substitution automatically added 30 seconds. Although it's unlikely to convince conspiracy theorists, Owen's goal came within the acceptable extension of added time.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 22, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

John Arne Riise confirms that was just a love tap.

Posted by: Section117 | September 22, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

stupid spelling mistake fixed ..... thanks

Posted by: Steve Goff | September 22, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

. . . indeed the invader is lucky Bellamy didn't exsanguinate him . . . the invasion thing is getting exasperating . . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | September 22, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

You're welcome. Those typos can be exasperating!

Posted by: JohnDorsey | September 22, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

WPS International draft today at 3 for Philly & Atlanta...

Posted by: Reignking | September 22, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

huh huh huh huh...exacerbate, huh huh

Posted by: butthead2 | September 22, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Irregardless, Bellamy should have stayed out of it.

Rooney should have slugged the guy.

Posted by: joedoc1 | September 22, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Off topic:

My brother has decided he'd rather be on the loud side for the Costa Rica game. Is anyone in the Brava or with tickets on that side interested in swapping with a pair on the quiet side? Unlikely, I know, but I don't want to run the risk of buying another pair on the loud side and not be able to sell the pair I have now on stubhub. They're section 212, row 3, and any help would be appreciated. Thanks guys!

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | September 22, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I like Bellamy more and more, although Joedoc may have an excellent point. Host gets first crack...

Posted by: JkR- | September 22, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

What's to like about that? Who appointed Bellamy as Public Disciplinarian? The police had the guy totally restrained and were taking the guy away. Only a self-centered egotistical jerk thinks he has some right to strike a defenseless man because he thinks it would be funny or cool, or because he doesn't want to miss a chance and thinks it's his place to hand out the lessons.

Posted by: fischy | September 22, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

How about Hughes, in consecutive weeks, defending Adebayour and Hughes for flagrant misdeeds? Hughes looks a bit like a tool for even trying to down play either of those instances. I thought he did an amazing job at Blackburn, and so far he's done great work with City. I personally was pulling for him for the England job when it was vacant. Obviously he's a manager that knows what he's about. But this whole thing of defending these guys just seems a bit stupid.

Posted by: Matte | September 22, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Covering 20+ yards to catch up to and strike a restrained man in the face. Running 100+ yards to taunt opposing (stupid) fans...man do these Citeh guys cover space or what?

Self defense, Hughes? E's havin' a laff.

Manly move there Bellamy, manly move. Same goes to the IDIOT who threw the coing at half time. I hope they find and ban whoever you are. Still a great game though.

Posted by: Kosh2 | September 22, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

I was more interested in clicking the link and seeing how a 17 year old makes $1500 a week on youtube.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 22, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Looking at the responses here is fascinating, and I think illuminating about some personality differences that express themselves politically.

I concede that anyone running onto the field is a bit of a jerk, but most of us celebrated the Russian penalty-taker's audacity. I'd bet the more liberal among us especially appreciated this act of self-expression and civil disobedience. That doesn't mean we want people running on the field, and we hope that security do their jobs and take these twits down -- but, it does mean we can smile when the harmless disruption is realized so perfectly.

In contrast, I'd guess that only the more conservative among us think there's anything to be celebrated in one of the players gratuitously jumping in to dish out their own punishment to enforce their own sense of order. I'm sure that slap has some appeal for some. I don't agree, but I think it says more about our political personalities than anything else.

Posted by: fischy | September 22, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Not sure it's that simple. Civil disobedience connotes disobeying laws that one perceives to be unjust (Thoreau, ML King, Cassius Clay). Not just f'g around as if whatever rules you don't like don't apply because you feel like "expressing yourself."

Anyway, not sure how much you can read into these things. Kind of like those bumper stickers "Dissent Is The Highest Form of Patriotism." Equally at home on the rear end of a Olbermanish Bush-hater in 2005 or a Limbaughnista birther in 2009.

Posted by: OWNTF | September 22, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Whew! Reading down the comments I got to fischy's 11:42am post and thought: My God! Call the Guiness Book of World Records. Fischy is making sense and I am actually going to have to post that I agreed whole-heartedly with his analysis.

Then I got to 12:37 pm. Crisis over. How on earth do you deduce that conservatives supported Bellamy's attack on a man who was being restrained by four men? Good lord man, step out of the tunnel (vision) and into the light.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | September 22, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

So burning couches in College Park is not civil disobedience? Come one. I'm sure, at some point in his life, Gandhi burned some rugs when India lost a cricket match.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 22, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

uh oh here we go . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | September 22, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

What the eff, Fischy?

Posted by: Smitty8 | September 22, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

So does the ultra-left winger just think that all of the fans driving to the game causes too much of a carbon footprint and that the game shouldn't be played in the first place?

I guess I must be a libertarian if we're reading into how we're reading into our responses for the incident. I think the fan was wrong and the player was equally wrong. No chicken before the egg here.

Posted by: CrippledKeeper | September 22, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

No need to get all argy - bargy over Fischy's overegging the pudding.

A simple shunning of the post and move on...

Irregardless of any exasperation...

Posted by: JkR- | September 22, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

No comment from me.

Because I can't see the videos.

Anyone seen JacobfromAtlantaish? I hope by -ish he didn't mean west of the city.

Posted by: Reignking | September 22, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

OK -- maybe "civil disobedience" was a stretch there, but I stand by the general analysis. Look at the persons who expressed some approval of a player taking a shot at the jerk (the fan-jerk, as opposed to the player-jerk). I'm hardly the first person to write about a link or commonality between conservatives these days and what has been called the authoritarian personality. I'm just the first to make the connection to how people view responses to on-field invasions. I wasn't trying to touch off a debate on it -- I just thought it was interesting to note who was expressing disapproval and who was not...trying to understand why some would actually approve of what Bellamy did, when it seemed so beyond the pale for me. Maybe it's got nothing to do with how we view the world, but maybe it does...

Posted by: fischy | September 22, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

bellamy is a nut, that's a given.

But the guy probably deserved worse than what he got if he's going after a player on the pitch.

Posted by: mbhowa | September 22, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it's just a slow day....

Posted by: fischy | September 22, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it's just a slow day....

Posted by: fischy | September 22, 2009 1:23 PM

That's better, that's the Fischy I know.


Analyzing footy-blog commenters is a bit of a Bridge Too Far...

Posted by: JkR- | September 22, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I've got a few bridges underwater for you down here...

Posted by: Reignking | September 22, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Of course, I could be totally off-base. Look at Bellamy himself -- or, more particularly, the Craig Bellamy Foundation.

http://craigbellamyfoundation.org/

He's gotten involved in creating youth football leagues in Sierra Leone. Maybe it's just p.r., but it doesn't smack of Toryism.

Posted by: fischy | September 22, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Like I said -- slow day. ;)

Posted by: fischy | September 22, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

RK,
JacobfromATLish checked in today around 11:30, so I guess all is well with him.

Posted by: CrippledKeeper | September 22, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Im here, dry and trying to find a way to get rid of the Costa Rica tickets I have to get some on the loud side. Any takers?

The sun has actually been out for an hour over here in Gwinnett county, but shouldn't be for much longer based on the forecast. I haven't found flooded roads, but the creek in my back yard looked like the Hootch yesterday

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | September 22, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Bellamy beat his Liverpool mate in the legs with a golf club a couple years ago. He's a thug. Throw him and Joey Barton back in jail. Owen's goal was scored in legitimate stoppage time.

Posted by: peridigm | September 22, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I live next about a one-minute walk from the Hooch, but luckily upstream from all of the disaster.

Ray's on the River was almost Ray's in the River.

Posted by: Reignking | September 22, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

If you are bored...

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/columns/story?id=678399&sec=world&root=world&cc=5901

Under-20 World Cup loses some luster with star names missing

Posted by: Reignking | September 22, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Nice work in my native Sierra Leone and all, but the liberal in me says nail his a$$ to the wall for slapping the restarined, harmless, innocent...picth-invader -- err..um, fan, I meant to say fan.

Posted by: Kosh2 | September 22, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Nice tackle by the cop.

Posted by: addick | September 22, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Did someone say Bellamy?

He turned thirty-five last Sunday
In his hair he found some gray
But he still ain't changed his lifestyle
He likes it better the old way
So he grows a little garden in the back yard by the fence
He's consuming what he's growing nowadays in self defense
He get's out there in the twilight zone
Sometimes when it just don't make no sense

Posted by: CrippledKeeper | September 22, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

"Although it's unlikely to convince conspiracy theorists, Owen's goal came within the acceptable extension of added time."

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 22, 2009 10:51 AM

It's not necessarily a conspiracy. Look at the numbers: http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2009/sep/22/manchester-united-goals-stoppage-time

As for the bold piece of political theory derived from the Bellamy incident… I'm sorry, I'm just not seeing it. Although let's think about this: Pitch Invader may get a lifetime ban from Old Trafford and Bellamy will not be punished at all for his love tap. Is that fair? Probably not. But neither was the result.

(Not that I like Man City, mind you, or even dislike United. I'm just sayin'.)

Posted by: HWLongfellow | September 22, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Jacob, how much were your tickets with the service charge etc? I'm thinking about picking some of these USA/CR-DCU 2 packs to avoid service charges and get a little discount.
I'd offer to maybe pick those tickets up, but from the looks of it you might be sitting right in front of or next to heavy Costa Rican support...

Posted by: DadRyan | September 22, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

THe Guardian "study" is total horse****. There is no statistical analysis, no proper comparison groups, and it does not control for number of goals scored, injuries, substitutions, all of which add time to a match. It's pseudoscience, but my previous description is better.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 22, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Some guy just walked into my office without being invited, so I slugged him.

Posted by: joedoc1 | September 22, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Dad, I payed about 110 for them, but would be willing to do less to get them off my hands.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | September 22, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Bellamy, Neville escape FA action
Craig Bellamy and Gary Neville have both received warnings from the Football Association following incidents in Sunday's highly-charged Manchester derby but will not be punished.

Posted by: Reignking | September 22, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Sadly, it's nae been a slow day for me, but I have finally gotten a chance to update myself on the happs of football at this wonderful blog.

I have to agree with Fischy in this respect. The dude was tackled, properly, and was in custody when Bellamy miandered over there and slapped him. Personally, I found it uncalled for. Stuff like that, in my opinion, takes away from the game.

Now, when the Russian that came out and took the PK, I laughed out loud. (A well needed laugh I might add) It was a good natured antic and we can laugh about it. Even the keeper started to snicker about it. But dude shouldn't have been on the field. If one of the players on the field attacked him, it wouldn't be right.

Bellamy was in the wrong 100%. Yes, he could have had his way with him, popping him with a close fist punch, but irregardless, the guy was in custody, it was a cheap shot.

Posted by: dogboy | September 22, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Jacob, I was just curious about what the fees were like. I'm trying to avoid them, and weighing the pros and cons of just buying through
a DCU ticket rep. I could change my mind, but at the moment it's looking like a 2 pack for me. They start at $53, $68 for the premium 2 pack...

Maybe you'd find someone on Big Soccer or DC area Craigslist?I'll ask a couple of friends, but the cost is a little prohibitive for most of the young punks I know...

Posted by: DadRyan | September 22, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I know I could get them sold on craigslist or stubhub, but I was just trying here first. I did check though and they're selling Costa Rica fans a section in 324 on the ticketmaster site.

I guess I'll set up a stubhub for them. Thanks though.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | September 22, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Some guy just walked into my office without being invited, so I slugged him.
Posted by: joedoc1 | September 22, 2009 3:22 PM
====================

You're such a Republican.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 22, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Joe Doc's bumper sticker reads:

My Second Amendment puts a hole in your First Amendment.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 22, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

I saw Bellamy play for Celtic against Hearts a few years back, and that guy is indeed a jack*ss. He spent far too much time winding up the opposing players and fans. His speed was incredible to see in person though. I keep waiting for him to mature and be someone enjoyable to watch, but this kind of thing just keeps happening. No sympathy for the pitch invader though.

Posted by: dougenglish | September 23, 2009 7:43 AM | Report abuse

What I wonder is why Rio Ferdinand felt the need to confront Bellamy.

Posted by: wis193 | September 23, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

... and where was Ferdinand on Bellamy's three goals?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 23, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

No, I'm cool with it. If you invade the pitch, you deserve to get your butt kicked. He got off easy.

Posted by: DCU4LIFE | September 23, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

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