Allegations of racial abuse as Fred hit by objects in Manchester Derby

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Manchester City fans were caught on camera physically and racially abusing Manchester United players during the Manchester Derby on Saturday, according to reports.

United was leading 2-0 in the match when Fred was temporarily unable to take a corner kick due to lighters, bottles, and other items being thrown at him.

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The NBC Sports Soccer broadcast team was able to confirm that a man on the film below was yelling racial epithets at United midfielders Jesse Lingard and Fred.

Here’s what Man City said in a club statement:

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.

Here’s Marcus Rashford, via the BBC:

“I wasn’t aware of it during the game but it can happen and we’ve seen it happen lately. The fact it is still happening is not good enough.”

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