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Sep 22, 2009

Garrido: United stoked up the derby of hate

Manchester City defender Javier Garrido has accused derby rivals Manchester United of creating a hostile climate between the two clubs.

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Substitute Garrido was struck on the head by a coin - clearly aimed at City's Carlos Tevez, once of United - as he headed down the tunnel at half-time of the derby at Old Trafford which United won 4-3.

And the Spaniard believes City are the innocent parties in a match which saw his team-mate Craig Bellamy involved in a confrontation when a a fan ran on the pitch. City have announced their intention not to charge Bellamy, as confirmed by assistant-manager Mark Bowen,

Garrido told the Daily Mail: "I've been in England for two seasons and this was the match with more fanaticism than any other.

"I know other derbies but this atmosphere was incredible with insults flying as soon as we arrived at the stadium."

Garrido believes he was not the target in the coin-throwing incident. He added: "I was hit by a coin on the head when I was just walking calmly down the tunnel but I believe the target was Carlos Tevez, but I was standing next to him at the time. This was seen by Manchester United staff but nobody offered any kind of reason.

"Manchester City have not provoked any of this controversy and United have created a climate of hostility against us."

Bowen told BBC Radio Five Live that Bellamy's move to hit a fan who was under the control of stewards was potentially a defensive reflex.

"Craig had been our talisman on the day and brought us back into the game twice," he said. "A goal had just gone in and Craig was going to the fella to say in no uncertain terms to get off the pitch.

"Obviously I can't quote exactly what he said but it was like 'Get off the pitch'. We were still in the game and it only takes a second to score a goal. My take is that he thought the fella might spit in his face or something. He came very close and moved towards him. Craig, with an open hand, just pushed the fella away."

Asked if there would be any action taken by City against the striker, Bowen said: "No. I don't think there is any need to."

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