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Man City investigate reports of ‘racial gestures’ at the derby

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Man City investigate reports of ‘racial gestures’ at the derby

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Date Posted: Saturday, December 7, 2019 8:12

Manchester City said it was "aware of a video circulating on social media that appears to show a fan making racial gestures" during the match against Manchester United.

The club also said it is "working with Greater Manchester police to help them identify anyone in question."

The alleged incident occurred in the second half of City Defeat 2-1 at Etihad as a fan he seemed to be making a monkey gesture towards a United player.

A statement from City after the game read: “Manchester City FC are aware of a video circulating on social media that appears to show a fan making racial gestures during the second half of the match against Manchester United tonight.

“Club staff are working with Greater Manchester police to help them identify the individuals involved and help with their questions.

“The club is also working with GMP on an instance of objects being thrown on the playing field.

"The club has a zero tolerance policy against any kind of discrimination, and anyone found guilty of racial abuse will be banned from the club for life."

English football equality and inclusion organization Kick It Out said it was "flooded with reports of alleged racist abuse of various individuals" during the game.

He added: "We will contact the two clubs to offer our support and we hope that prompt action will be taken to identify violators."

United gunner Marcus Rashford, when asked about City's apparent fan missile launch and other off-field incidents, told Sky Sports: “No, (I wasn't aware) of that in the game.

"But it can happen, and we've been handling it a little better lately, but the fact that it's still happening is not good enough.

"Obviously there is still work to be done in this area, but for us it's about football and trying to do our best on the pitch."

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