Two Manchester United stewards stand accused of committing GBH after an incident in which a Manchester City fan broke both legs at Old Trafford. Greater Manchester Police has charged the pair, Mark Roberts, 46, of George Street, Oldham, and Paul Stringer, 45, of Grange Way, Runcorn, who will appear in court next week.
The United stewards, accused of pushing the victim Peter Sweeney down a flight of stairs during the September derby clash, will face a judge at Trafford Magistrates’ Court.
Sweeney, no relation to the 1970s TV cop or the fictional murderous barber of Johnny Depp fame, claims he was twice caught smoking inside Old Trafford.
Manchester United has not commented on rumours that the pair will be award medals.
“This guy was nothing but a bully. He’s there to protect the fans – not attack them. I’m lucky he didn’t kill me,” Sweeney, 46, told The Sun while prejudicing the case in one move.
“I agreed to leave without a fuss. But as we headed along the concourse he shoved me in the back three or four times with real aggression
“When I protested he told me he was entitled to ‘use reasonable force’. With that he led to the top of the stairs and pushed me straight down.
“I wasn’t drunk. I’d had a pint and a half of Guinness but I can’t drink more because of my condition,” he added.
It’s the first time that being a Citeh fan has officially been defined a ‘condition’.