The Manchester police arrested a 41-year-old man on Sunday for possible racism during Saturday's derby between Manchester City and Manchester United (1-2 win United). The incident caused a lot of fuss in England.
United midfielder Fred wanted to take a corner in the Etihad Stadium in the middle of the second half when he was pelted with a plastic bottle and lighters, among other things. TV images also show that a City fan seems to be making a racist gesture.
Manchester City reported in a statement soon after the game that the club is working with the police to identify the fan. "The club has a zero tolerance policy on discrimination, and anyone found guilty of racism will be banned for life."
Fred had not seen the racist gesture on the field. "I saw it only in the locker room when the boys showed me the pictures," said the Brazilian against ESPN. "He even hit me with a lighter. Unfortunately, we still live in a backward society. I try not to care and look forward to it."
"Unfortunately this happens in some stadiums. It happens here, it happened to friends of mine in Ukraine. It's sad, but we have to forget. These people should not get attention, because that's what they want. I have after discussed the match with the referee and they will do something about it. "
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"Also treating Lingard racist"
According to United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, winger Jesse Lingard was also treated racist during the incident with Fred. "I saw it on the images. It was about Jesse and Fred and that man must be ashamed. It is unacceptable and I hope he will never be able to watch football again."
United attacker Marcus Rashford, who was confronted with racism earlier this year by the English national team during the European Championship qualifying match with Bulgaria, called for more action against racism after the game against City.
"We seem to be talking a lot about it in the last six to eight months, but it still happens," he said. "The right authorities must do everything to stop this. Because it is something very negative for the sport and our country."
City manager Josep Guardiola joined the press conference at his club's statement. "We are going to work to ensure that this never happens again," said the Spaniard.
Racism in football has been in the news a lot in recent months. There have also been several incidents in England this season. The English Football Association has launched an investigation into the incident during the Manchester derby.
United midfielder Fred was hit by an object from the audience. (Photo: Pro Shots)
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