Man arrested after alleged racist incident during Manchester derby

Date published: Sunday 8th December 2019 12:14

A 41-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a racially-aggravated public order offence following an incident in the Manchester derby.

A video circulating on social media appeared to show a fan aiming monkey chants towards Manchester United players during the Red Devils’ 2-1 victory.

City swiftly issued a statement saying the club was working with Greater Manchester Police and the FA was planning to talk to the clubs, the referee, the police and other relevant parties.

A spokeswoman told the PA news agency: “We will be investigating.”

Greater Manchester Police said just before 11.30am on Sunday that a 41-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a racially-aggravated public order offence.

A statement from GMP read: “A man has been arrested after a video posted on social media showed a supporter making racist gestures at the Manchester City v Manchester United match at the Etihad Stadium yesterday.

“At around 6.55pm on Saturday, December 7, 2019 police were called to a report of a supporter making alleged racist gestures and sounds towards players during the Manchester City and Manchester United derby.

“A 41-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order and remains in custody for questioning.”

 

Superintendent Chris Hill of the City of Manchester Division said: “I would like to thank the public for their ongoing support with this incident.

“Racism of any kind has no place in football or our society and I hope this arrest shows that we are taking this matter extremely seriously.

“We will continue to work with Manchester City and Manchester United Football Clubs on this incident and will investigate any other lines of enquiries.”

 

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