No net interest for Ferguson

  • Last Updated: December 14 2012, 14:04 GMT

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson does not believe nets are required at football grounds to preserve the safety of players.

Rio Ferdinand: Struck by a coin
Rio Ferdinand: Struck by a coin

PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has expressed his concern at the coin-throwing incident during last week's Manchester derby that left Rio Ferdinand nursing a cut close to his eye.

Taylor believes the introduction of nets, which are used in other parts of the world, are the only solution.

However, Ferguson does not believe such a move would be the right answer.

And, aware his own club were in the spotlight three years ago when Craig Bellamy was struck during a derby encounter at Old Trafford, Ferguson wonders whether more vigilant stewarding within grounds would be a better way forward.

"We've seen netting behind goals in some grounds but I'm not so sure," said Ferguson.

"There have been a couple of occasions (in addition to last Sunday).

"It happened in our game at Chelsea and it happened in the derby.

"But it's not a consistent thing and I think stewarding is a better policy."

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