(CNN)An incident of racist abuse by a supporter towards Manchester United players is thought to have occurred at the match with cross-town rivals Manchester City, according to a statement released by City.
The club said it was aware of a video, widely circulated on social media, which appeared to show racial gestures during the second half of the clash at City’s Etihad Stadium.Officials from City are working with Greater Manchester Police to identify any individuals responsible. They are also investigating objects thrown onto the pitch, notably at United’s Brazilian midfielder Fred.”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,” added the statement after United won the derby 2-1.READ: Players embrace after ‘Black Friday’ headlineRead MoreREAD: FIFA and UEFA ‘may as well have stood in stands with racists,’ says ex-England starFred reacts after being struck with an object.United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he was aware of the incident. “I’ve seen it on the video, it was Jesse [Lingard] and Fred and the chap must be ashamed of himself,” he told the BBC’s Match of the Day program.”It’s unacceptable and I hope he will not be watching any football any more.”Lingard retweeted a social post containing the video, writing: “Not even this idiot can ruin tonight’s feeling. Shameful behaviour, it may be the derby but there is never ever a reason to be racist.”READ: How the scourge of racism continues to tarnish English footballREAD: Italian football vows to combat its ‘serious problem’ with racismJUST WATCHEDFIFA, UEFA, FA need more diversity, says Les FerdinandReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH
FIFA, UEFA, FA need more diversity, says Les Ferdinand 03:19’Big negative’Football around the world has experienced an increasing number of racist incidents in recent years.United forward Marcus Rashford, who scored his team’s opener from the penalty spot after he was bundled over by City’s Bernardo Silva, was part of the England squad when its black players were subjected to monkey chants and Nazi salutes during a Euro 2020 qualifier in Bulgaria in October.”The fact it is still happening is not good enough,” he was quoted as saying by the BBC.JUST WATCHEDWijnaldum on racism: I would walk off the pitch, even in UCL FinalReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH
Wijnaldum on racism: I would walk off the pitch, even in UCL Final 03:51″We seem to be speaking about it an awful lot over last six to eight months. Even speaking about it now is not nice.”The necessary departments need to do the right things to stop it in the game. It is a big negative in the sport and the country.”Anti-racism body Kick It Out said: “We hope swift action is taken to identify the offenders.”In Italy this season, Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku was the subject of monkey chants from Cagliari fans and Brescia striker Mario Balotelli said he had experienced racial abuse by opposition Verona fans.READ: Italian newspaper sparks race row with ‘Black Friday’ front pageREAD: Georginio Wijnaldum is ready to walk off pitch if subjected to racist abuseBoth incidents were met with meager penalties — Verona was handed a one-match partial stadium closure and Cagliari escaped any serious punishment.In the Manchester derby, Anthony Martial added to Rashford’s opener twith a smartly taken shot inside 30 minutes before Nicolas Otamendi pulled back a late consolation with a header from Riyad Mahrez’s corner.City, which has won the last two Premier Leage titles, is third in the table, 14 points adrift of leader Liverpool. United is eight points further back in fifth.