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Sport Police probe alleged racism towards Utd players

13:45  08 december  2019
13:45  08 december  2019 Source:   skysports.com

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a person wearing a costume: Fred reacts after appearing to be struck by an object thrown from the crowd © Getty Fred reacts after appearing to be struck by an object thrown from the crowd

Manchester City are working with police to identify an individual after footage appeared to show a supporter allegedly making monkey gestures towards Manchester United players.

Goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial helped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side secure a 2-1 win at the Etihad but Saturday evening's Premier League match was overshadowed by the alleged incident off the field of play, which is being investigated by the Football Association.

During an altercation with a group of City fans, United midfielder Fred appeared to be struck by an object thrown from the crowd as he went to take a corner in the 68th minute. Lighters and a plastic water bottle could be seen on the pitch.

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A City fan was also filmed appearing to make a racist gesture, and more than one United player felt they had been racially abused during the incident, reporting their concerns to City and to referee Anthony Taylor.

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City confirmed: "The club are aware of a video circulating on social media which appears to show a supporter making racial gestures during the second half of the match against Manchester United this evening.

"Officials from the club are working with Greater Manchester Police (GMP) 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."

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Greater Manchester Police also issued a statement later on Saturday evening.

"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]," it read.

"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 07/12/2019, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111."

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POLICE are investigating an alleged racist slur directed at Manchester United 's Fred moments before he was pelted with missiles in shocking scenes that marred the derby. Been given billions of pounds and you get fans like this making monkey noises towards Fred.”

Rashford was among the United players in the corner area along with Fred and Jesse Lingard. He told Sky Sports: "I was not aware of it in the game but it can happen and in recent times, we have been dealing with it a little bit better but the fact it's still happening isn't good enough.

"There's obviously work still to do in that area but for us, it's about the football and trying to do our best on the pitch."

Solskjaer said of the fan: "We keep talking about it every week. Sorry, but he's been caught on camera. He should, in my opinion, never be allowed in a football ground again.

"I'm sure City and the authorities will deal with it. We talk about it every week, and it won't stop until there are consequences. It has affected both Fred and Jesse [Lingard]. It's an act of ignorance."

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City boss Pep Guardiola said: "I support the club [statement] and we are going to work to avoid it happening again."

Fred said afterwards that we are still living in a "backward society".

"I spoke to the referee after the match, they will do something about it and that's all," he told ESPN.

English football's equality and inclusion organisation Kick It Out said it had been "inundated with reports of alleged racist abuse from a number of individuals" during the game.

It added: "We will be contacting both clubs to offer our support and hope swift action is taken to identify the offenders."

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Man arrested over alleged racist gestures during Manchester derby .
'I hope this arrest shows that we are taking this matter extremely seriously,' a police chief saidA supporter was spotted on live television making what looked like monkey gestures while two Manchester United players were preparing to take a corner, and the footage has since circulated on social media.

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