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Hart issues plea to City fans to be sensible

Joe Hart hopes there will be incidents from the fans on Sunday

By | 20th September 2013
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Joe Hart has sent a message to City supporters prior to the upcoming Manchester derby on Sunday to say that fans need to be sensible in the way they act. Last year during the Manchester derby at the Etihad a missile struck Rio Ferdinand and cut his eye as the defender celebrated Robin van Persie’s injury-time match-winner and Hart helped keep a fan away from Ferdinand that had entered the pitch to try and confront the United center-back.

The Greater Manchester Police and the two clubs have already had meetings in order to establish better protection and preemptive actions. The police will be using graffiti patrols as well as dogs to sniff out those who may be trying to smuggle flares into the stadium.

Although Hart appreciates his fans, calling them the best in the world, he’s hoping they will be able to stay out of trouble throughout the match this time around.

“The derby is one of the most anticipated and exciting games in world football,” Hart said, according to the Daily Telegraph. “As players, we are all looking forward to Sunday and we know that the fans will be too.

“The home support is so important for us, and I know they will be like an extra man for the team on the day. As always, we need our fans in full voice, but we also need them to respect the occasion. We want everyone to enjoy the game but be sensible too.

“There were incidents last year which no one wants to see repeated. The eyes of the world will be on this game as usual, and I’m confident our supporters will do the club proud. Our fans are the best in the world and we want you to show your passion for the Club, but in the right way.”

The matches between the two clubs are typically open, attacking matches full of goals. Out of the last six matches, only once has there been fewer than 2.5 goals, meaning there could be ample goals on show on Sunday afternoon.

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