Manchester City fans – and the rest of us – have long had the fallback jibe that no Manchester United fans are actually from Manchester. But this story undermines their credibility by showing the consequences of the belief that City are very much a Manchester club.
A Citeh fan who went to the aid of a West Ham supporter being beaten up by two men in City shirts was himself stabbed. The thugs didn’t believe he was a City supporter because he didn’t have a Manchester accent.
The stabbing victim said: “The West Ham fan was with a little boy who was clearly upset. I think it might have been his son.
“I walked over and said ‘lads, that’s out of order’.
“But then one of them turned on me. He kept calling me a Cockney – I am from Nottingham and he wouldn’t believe I was a City fan. He was drunk and asked me what it had to do with me. I stepped in to stop them and one of them hit me from behind. Another then hit me with a screwdriver.”
He spent two days in intensive care with a damaged lung.
The incident happened after the two sides met in the Premier League on 1 May.