Man arrested for making 'racist gesture' towards United players during Manchester derby

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Manchester United's Jesse Lingard after Fred is hit by a lighter. Reuters

Jesse Lingard is targeted by fans. Reuters

Manchester United's Fred, centre, after items are thrown in his direction. AP

Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne reacts to Manchester City supporters after objects were thrown at Fred. EPA

United's Fred gestures at the crowd. Getty

Manchester United's Fred after objects are thrown at him. PA

Manchester United's Fred reacts after being hit by thrown objects. PA

Manchester City supporters at a corner taken by Fred. EPA

Stewards walk up into the stands with Manchester City supporters after an object projectile was thrown at Manchester United's Fred. EPA

Manchester United's manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Fred at the end of the game. EPA

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Dec 8, 2019

December 8, 2019

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Greater Manchester Police have arrested a 41-year-old man after a video posted on social media showed a supporter apparently making racist gestures during Saturday's Manchester derby.

"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," said Greater Manchester Police in a statement.

"A 41-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order and remains in custody for questioning."

City pledged to take a zero tolerance approach against supporters found to have subjected United players to racist abuse after the Premier League champions lost 2-1 to their local rivals on Saturday.

United midfielder Fred was hit by objects thrown from the crowd as he prepared to take a corner in the second half and footage on social media appears to show a City fan mimicking a monkey at the Brazilian.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said both Fred and Jesse Lingard had been "affected" by the alleged abuse.

Superintendent Chris Hill of the City of Manchester Division said the force was taking the matter "extremely seriously".

"I would like to thank the public for their ongoing support with this incident," he said.

"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.

"We will continue to work with Manchester City and Manchester United Football Clubs on this incident and will investigate any other lines of enquiries."

The English Football Association will also investigate and is planning to talk to the clubs, referee Anthony Taylor, the police and other relevant parties.

Updated: December 8, 2019 04:32 PM

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