‘Racist ges­ture’ ar­rest man is bailed

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

A MAN ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of a racially ag­gra­vated pub­lic or­der of­fence dur­ing the Manch­ester derby has been re­leased on po­lice bail pend­ing fur­ther en­quiries.

Po­lice said in­ves­ti­ga­tions would con­tinue. An­thony Burke, 41, a fa­ther from Wythen­shawe, was ar­rested af­ter Satur­day’s match at the Eti­had. He has now been re­leased from cus­tody af­ter ques­tion­ing, the force con­firmed. United mid­fielder Fred ap­peared to have ob­jects thrown to­wards him in the sec­ond half of the Pre­mier League clash as he went over to take a corner. Tele­vi­sion images then showed what ap­peared to be a sup­porter mak­ing po­ten­tially racist ges­tures as Fred walked away, hold­ing the back of his head. The video was widely cir­cu­lated on so­cial me­dia.

Play­ers from both sides ap­pealed for fans to stop throw­ing ob­jects, be­fore Fred con­tin­ued the game. City said that any­one guilty of racist abuse will be banned for life.

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