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Man City employee carpeted for using Facebook in Man United hate-campaign

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Manchester City have ordered the closure of the Facebook site of the club's groundsman following a personal hate-campaign against bitter rivals Manchester United.

Ged Coyne slates Manchester United in his Facebook account
Ged Coyne slates Manchester United in his Facebook account

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Ged Coyne, a full-time member of City's groundstaff, has had his Facebook account shut down after he posted United-themed insults on it ahead of this weekend's derby.

In his inflammatory posts, Coyne referred to United as "scum", depicted Sir Alex Ferguson as "Alex purple-head Ferguscum" and described Old Trafford as "the Theatre of Complete Tosspots".

Instead of a personal picture for his profile, Coyne used a photo of graffiti displaying the words "Fuck MUFC".

The 31-year-old insisted the attacks were "banter" but City officials have made it clear they do not see the funny side in a week when Greater Manchester police have already contacted both clubs to remind them of the importance of not stoking tension among supporters ahead of Saturday's showdown.

A club spokesperson said: "The member of staff in question regrets posting the ­material and removed it immediately."

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