Mere seconds away from being the hero in Manchester City's stirring comeback against Manchester United, Craig Bellamy is now fighting to avoid being the villain as he faces a potential suspension for his treatment of a fan that invaded the Old Trafford pitch during Sunday's derby match, won by Manchester United in the final seconds.
Bellamy is now claiming that he was acting in self defense when he slapped a fan who had already been tackled and restrained by match stewards. Manchester City manager Mark Hughes is defending his player, stating that there was no way to know what would happen in that situation and Bellamy was simply protecting himself.
If you haven't seen the sequence, here it is:
What's the SBI take? Bellamy walked ten yards to confront the fan, who was already being dealt with by multiple stewards, and proceeded to slap him when the fact is he never had to get involved in the incident anyway. It is simply the latest example of a player who has always struggled to exercise self control.
Here are some other stories to get your Tuesday going:
Van Nistelrooy facing another injury layoff
Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy celebrated his return from a lengthy injury absence with a goal on Sunday…..then proceeded to get hurt again.
The former Manchester United star is set to miss another six weeks after injuring his thigh as he scored in Real Madrid's 5-0 thrashing of Xerez.
Top referee suspended for flipping bird
Swiss referee Massimo Busacca was suspended for three matches by the Swiss Football Federation after sticking his middle finger up at fans who were taunting him during a Swiss Cup match.
Busacca officiated last season's UEFA Champions League final and is slated to officiate in the 2010 World Cup.
Lehmann dropped for attending Oktoberfest
Stuttgart goalkeeper Jens Lehmann committed a costly blunder in his team's recent Bundesliga loss to Cologne, but it was an off-field blunder that has him facing a suspension.
Lehmann has been dropped for his team's German Cup match on Wednesday, and could face a longer suspension, after attending the Munich Beer Festival (Oktoberfest) after the team's loss to Cologne without the team's permission.
What do you think of these stories? Buying Bellamy's self-defense claim? Disappointed to see van Nistelrooy injured again? Surprised a German player would be suspended for going to a beer festival?
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