Man arrested in connection to racist abuse at the Manchester Derby


A man has been arrested in connection with the racist abuse suffered by Manchester United players on Sunday.

Video shows a man appearing to make monkey gestures and yell “monkey” towards Jesse Lingard and Fred as the latter prepared to take a corner kick in the second half of United’s 2-1 defeat of Man City at the Etihad Stadium.

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Fred was also hit with an object as lighters, a bottle, and other items were thrown at the player.

According to Greater Manchester Police, 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 said: “I would like to thank the 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 enquiries.”

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said the man should never attend a football match again. He may be in for much worse than that.