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Hughes' doubts Bellamy's hero status

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Mark Hughes doubts Craig Bellamy will get the Brian Clough treatment after his angry exchange with a Manchester United supporter at Old Trafford.

Bellamy marched towards the United fan - who staged a one-man pitch invasion as Manchester City took the kick-off following Michael Owen's dramatic late winner - and shoved him in the face. The reaction could land the Blues striker, who has endured plenty of disciplinary trouble in the past, in trouble - even though it is against the law for supporters to go on to the field of play.

Hughes feels that aspect of the confrontation needs to be taken into account, although he fears it will not be, saying: "I seem to recall Brian Clough clipping someone around the ear, and he was lauded as a national hero. Maybe it will be the same case with Craig - but I doubt it."

He added: "I'm sure people will make a nuisance about it, but the guy should not have been on the pitch. That is not acceptable."

Hughes also confirmed substitute Javier Garrido was struck by a coin thrown from the home section of the stadium at half-time.

It seemed the attack was actually aimed at former United hero Carlos Tevez, who was booed throughout.

Thankfully, Garrido was not hurt - although the Football Association are sure to be less than impressed with the two incidents.

"Something came from the crowd, but he is okay," Hughes confirmed.

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