Alex Ferguson, Brendan Rodgers slam netting scheme

Ferguson rarely gets much support from Liverpool managers when he goes public with his views on controversial issues, but Rodgers agrees with the Scot that nets are not the way forward. "You get one or two mindless people at games and the focus has to be on them. How can we punish them so they never get the chance to do it again, not punish the other 40, 50, 60 thousand people. They are there for the passion and love of the sport," he said.

updated: December 15, 2012 00:13 IST
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London: Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson and his Liverpool counterpart Brendan Rodgers have joined forced to slam talk of introducing safety nets to protect players from objects thrown by fans.

After United defender Rio Ferdinand was struck by a coin as he celebrated Robin van Persie's decisive late goal in United's win at Manchester City last weekend, the Professional Footballers' Assocation called for the introduction of nets between fans and the pitch.

But Ferguson feels that, despite a similar incident at Chelsea earlier in the season, that would be a step too far.

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