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Racist Abuse in English Football Hits Headlines Again


7Dnews London

Sun, 08 Dec 2019 16:53 GMT

British police announced on Sunday December 8th they had arrested a 41-year-old man after he was involved in a video posted on social media showed him apparently making racist gestures during the Manchester derby.

United defeated City 2-1 in the Manchester Derby in the 16th week of the English Premier League on Saturday December 7th at Etihad Stadium. 

Manchester Police released a statement on Sunday saying they had been called following 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," Manchester police said in their statement. 

AFP reported that Man City pledged to take a zero-tolerance approach to supporters found to have subjected United players to racist abuse after the Premier League champions lost 2-1 to their local rivals. 

The game saw Man United midfielder Fred hit by objects thrown from the crowd as he prepared to take a corner in the second half and footage on social media appeared to show a City fan mimicking a monkey directed at the Brazilian. 

Man United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed after the game that both Fred and Jesse Lingard had been affected by the alleged abuse. 

Racist abuse in English football has hit the headlines again virtually a year to the day since City's Raheem Sterling was subjected to alleged racially abusive language and threatening and aggressive behaviour at Stamford Bridge that led to a Chelsea supporter being permanently banned. 

In the Euro 2020 qualifier away-game against Bulgaria in October, England national team players faced monkey chants and Nazi salutes.

"The alleged incident at the Etihad showed we are still in a backward society," Man United star Fred said after the game.