Manchester City and Police issues a statement after one of their fans is seen racially abusing two Manchester United players at the Etihad Stadium.
The game which Manchester United won 1-2 today (7 December 2019) was halted for a time as Manchester United player Fred was pelted with lighters and coins when he went over one corner of the stadium.
It was shortly after a man was seen allegedly making monkey jestures to both Jesse Lingaard and Fred, a video of the man has been widely circulated on social media.
The Manchester United manager was asked about what happened and he said: “Then their is this not so intelligent fella chanting racist abuse towards my two players and I hope city and the authorities deal with it, because he should not be watching live football again.”
A spokesperson for Manchester City said:
“Officials from the Club are working with Greater Manchester Police in order to help them identify any individuals concerned and assist with their enquiries.
“The Club are also working with GMP regarding an instance of objects being thrown onto the field of play.
“The Club operates a zero tolerance policy regarding discrimination of any kind, and anyone found guilty of racial abuse will be banned from the club for life.”
The throwing of things at Fred was a disgrace and should be investigated so this incident does not happen again, with the racist abuse of both Lingaard and Fred it soured what was a good game of football.
Greater Manchester Police issued a statement:
“We are aware of a video circulating on social media which shows a supporter making racist gestures during the Manchester City v Manchester United match at the Etihad Stadium today (Saturday 7 December 2019).
“Officers are currently working with Manchester City Football Club in order to identify the individuals responsible.
“No arrests have been made and enquiries into the incident are ongoing.
Anybody with information should contact police on 101, quoting incident number 2687 of 07/10/2019, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.