12/08 06:22 CST Man arrested on suspicion of racism at Manchester derby
Man arrested on suspicion of racism at Manchester derby
By ROB HARRIS
AP Global Soccer Writer
MANCHESTER, England (AP) --- Police were questioning a man on suspicion of
racism on Sunday after a fan was seen directing abuse at Manchester United
players during Saturday's Premier League game at Manchester City.
The incident happened during the second half of United's 2-1 victory in the
"Police were called to a report of a supporter making alleged racist gestures
and sounds towards players during the Manchester City and Manchester United
derby," Greater Manchester Police said in a statement.
The force added that a 41-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a racially
aggravated public order offense and he remains in custody for questioning.
United players Fred and Jesse Lingard reported being subjected to racist abuse
at the Etihad Stadium, including a fan performing an apparent monkey gesture.
"Racism of any kind has no place in football or our society and I hope this
arrest shows that we are taking this matter extremely seriously," said
superintendent Chris Hill of Greater Manchester Police.
"We will continue to work with Manchester City and Manchester United Football
clubs on this incident and will investigate any other lines of enquiries."
Fred was seen crouching on the field holding the back of his neck after being
hit by objects. The Brazilian midfielder spoke to the referee about the abuse
"Thank God I have a lot of friends here in the locker room who hugged me, like
Lingard," Fred told ESPN. "I don't want to think about it. I just want to move
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