United stars re­port ‘racist abuse’ at derby

Blues of­fi­cials say they are work­ing with po­lice

Manchester Evening News - - FRONT PAGE - By SA­MUEL LUCKHURST

UNITED last night con­firmed that play­ers Fred and Jesse Lin­gard re­ported ‘racist abuse’ to club of­fi­cials fol­low­ing yes­ter­day’s derby.

City swiftly is­sued a state­ment stat­ing they ‘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.’

Anti-racism cam­paign­ers Kick It Out also tweeted they had been ‘in­un­dated with re­ports of alleged racist abuse from a num­ber of in­di­vid­u­als dur­ing this evening’s Manch­ester derby.’

The M.E.N. un­der­stands that more than one United player said they had suf­fered abuse and have re­ported it to City and ref­eree An­thony Tay­lor.

United man­ager Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer con­firmed Fred and Lin­gard had re­ported the alleged abuse.

Sol­sk­jaer said: “I’ve seen it on the video, it was Jesse and Fred and the fella must be ashamed of him­self. It’s un­ac­cept­able and I hope he will not be watch­ing any foot­ball any more.”

Fred also ap­peared to have ob­jects thrown to­wards him in the sec­ond half of the Premier League clash as he went to take a cor­ner. City con­firmed they are work­ing with Greater Manch­ester Po­lice in or­der to help them iden­tify any in­di­vid­u­als con­cerned and as­sist with en­quiries. They said any sup­porter found guilty of racial abuse would re­ceive a life­time ban from the club. Their state­ment read: “Manch­ester City FC 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 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.”

● Derby spe­cial: See sport

United player Fred ap­peared to be hit by an ob­ject thrown from the crowd

Fred, above, and Jesse Lin­gard

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