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Vincent Kompany against 'netting' in stadiums

Kompany rejects idea of stadium nets. (©GettyImages)
Kompany rejects idea of stadium nets. (©GettyImages).

Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany is not a fan of ‘netting’ at football stadiums.

The club captain does not think it is necessary to introduce such a measure to protect the players, and was happy to voice his opposition to the idea suggested by PFA Chief Executive Gordon Taylor.

"I would definitely say we need action on prevention but keep treating fans as human beings and not animals that have to be behind cages,” he told the BBC.

 

Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand was hit by a coin at the Etihad Stadium last Sunday as he celebrated Robin van Persie’s late winner in the 3-2 victory over City. The PFA immediately suggested the idea of nets being added at stadiums.

 

But, whilst the Belgian international condemns the incident, he rejects the idea that the addition of nets would be a positive step in football.

 

"I hope actions will be taken but let's not forget where football has come from and how far it has come. It is never a good thing to happen, not just for Manchester City or Manchester United, but for football,” he added.

"But the fact we are able to put people outside cages is something that makes the English game so much more special."

 

After the incident with Ferdinand, Citizens goalkeeper Joe Hart had to restrain a fan who ran on to the pitch, with his cites seemingly set on the former England international centre back.

 

In October, there was a similar occurrence with Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland, who was attacked by a fan who ran onto the pitch during the game against Leeds United. Kirkland received treatment after he was hit in the face during the Yorkshire derby, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

 

Football Supporters' Federation chairman Malcom Clarke has warned against a quick reaction to such incidents though, pointing out that safety is improving at games – a fact highlighted by government figures showing arrests were down 24% on previous seasons.

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