United stars report ‘racist abuse’ at derby
Blues officials say they are working with police
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.”
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United player Fred appeared to be hit by an object thrown from the crowd
Fred, above, and Jesse Lingard