No case to answer

Craig Bellamy faces no charge for fan fracas

September 24, 2009
By Soccernet staff

Craig Bellamy has escaped police punishment for his altercation with a supporter who ran on to the field at Old Trafford - but the pitch invader might not be so lucky.

Craig Bellamy
EmpicsCraig Bellamy is involved in an incident with a Manchester United fan.

Police have dropped a probe into the Manchester City striker's palm to the face of a fan at the end of a highly charged Manchester derby on Sunday after no complaints were made.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: "We have received no complaints about this incident and are currently not investigating the matter.''

Jake Joseph Clarke, 21, of Chorley, Lancashire, will appear before Trafford magistrates on September 30 charged with going on to a playing area without lawful authority or excuse.

He ran from the home supporters' section at Old Trafford as Manchester City took the kick-off following Michael Owen's dramatic late winner in United's 4-3 Premier League victory.