Man arrested for alleged racist behavior during the Manchester derby
Greater Manchester police have arrested a man in connection with alleged racial gestures and songs on Saturday. Premier league match between Manchester city and United Manchester at Etihad Stadium , British media reported Sunday.
The television images that circulated in social networks showed a fan of the City making a gesture in front of the United Brazilian midfielder Fred During the game, the visitors won 2-1.
Fans also threw objects on to the field when Fred was taking a corner in front of them and he was struck at least once.
"A 41-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence and remains in custody for questioning," police said in a statement to the Daily Mirror.
Superintendent Chris Hill of the City of Manchester Division added in the statement: "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."
City said on Saturday that they had a zero tolerance policy regarding discrimination of any kind and anyone found guilty of racial abuse will be banned from the club for life.
The Football Association is also investigating the incident.