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Laudrup scoffs at netting idea

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Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has rejected Gordon Taylor's suggestion that netting should be used to control fans in specific sections of football stadiums.

Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Taylor was speaking following the events of Sunday's Manchester derby, where Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was struck by a coin thrown from the crowd. A Manchester City fan also ran onto the pitch to try and confront the England international. But Laudrup does not believe the actions of a minority should be allowed to spoil the viewing experience of the majority of supporters.

He said: "I remember when I came to Spain in 1989 and played with Barcelona at the Nou Camp, there were 120,000 fans. There was a barrier around the field so it was impossible for the fans to get on the pitch. But when they redeveloped the stadium in the 90s the first row were just a few yards from the players."

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