Arrest has been made following Fred and Lingard abuse in Manchester derby on Saturday Evening
It was reported by a Television footage showing a fan making racist gestures in the direction of Manchester United’s duo, Fred and Jesse Lingard.
A man has been arrested on suspicion of a “racially aggravated public order” during a derby match between Manchester City and Manchester United, as confirmed by Greater Manchester Police.
Manchester United midfielder Fred was hit by an object thrown from the crowd as he was about to take a corner during the second half of the match.
Plastic bottle and Lighters could be spotted by the corner flag, while television footage seemed to show a supporter making racist gestures in the direction of Brazil international Fred and his team-mate Jesse Lingard.
Few minutes after the final whistle, The Blues dropped a statement saying they are investigating and threatened to issue life bans to any individual found guilty of the abuse.
“A man has been arrested after a video posted on social media showed a supporter making racist gestures at the Manchester City vs Manchester United match at the Etihad Stadium yesterday,” In a statement made by Greater Manchester Police.
“At around 6.55pm on Saturday 7 December 2019 police were called to a report of a supporter making alleged racist gestures and sounds towards players during the Manchester derby.”
“A 41-year old man has been arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order and remains in custody for questioning.”
Superintendent Chris Hill of the City of Manchester Division later said; “I would like to thank he public for their ongoing support with this incident.”
“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 enquires.”
United’s Fred put blames upon the backward society for football’s issue with racism, telling ESPN Brazil; “We can’t give them any attention because that’s all they want. I spoke to the referee after the match, they will do something about it and that’s all.
We are all the same regardless of skin colour, hair and gender. We came from the same place and we all do to the same place when it’s all said and done.”
The derby later ended in a 1-2 victory for Manchester United, who sits 6th in the Premier League table.