A man has been arrested for racially abusing Manchester United players during Saturday’s Derby against Manchester City at Etihad Stadium.
Man Utd won the match 2-1 to emerge fifth in the premier league.
The Police said they received a report of a man making racial gestures against United players. He was filmed making monkey gestures and sounds.
United midfielder, Fred was hit with an object from the crowd when he went to take a corner in the second half.
“On the field, I didn’t see anything. I saw it only in the locker room afterwards. The guys showed me. [A man] even threw a lighter and it hit me.” The 26-year-old said after the match.
Fred also said the alleged incident showed “we are still in a backward society”.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke against the incident calling it ‘unacceptable’
“Fred and Jesse [Lingard] were in the corner, taking a corner, and I’ve seen the video, heard from the boys.” He said.
Meanwhile, Manchester City have released a statement saying the incident was under investigation.
“The club are also working with GMP regarding an instance of objects being thrown on to 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 FA said it would investigate the incident, while the Premier League said it “will not tolerate discrimination in any form”.
“If people are found to have racially abused Premier League players they deserve to be punished and we will support any action taken by the authorities and the clubs,” a Premier League spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, there’s speculations on social media that the 41 years old man arrested for the racial gestures worked for the infrastructure firm Kier Group.
The company has already come out to announce an employee had been suspended pending an investigation.
City striker Raheem Sterling was subjected to racist abuse at Stamford Bridge, a year ago and the culprit was banned from the club for life.
Sterling was also one of England players who suffered racial and Nazi abuse during the Euro 2020 qualifiers.