Manchester City has promised to issue a lifetime ban to anyone found guilty of racist abuse. This they said after Manchester United players reported they were targeted during the Derby.
City is aware of the video which seems to show a supporter making monkey gestures towards United players.
The incident happened when Fred went to take a corner in the second half. The Brazilian appeared to be hit by an object thrown at Etihad Stadium in the 67th minute.
Fred moved away from the corner flag before going back to take the set-piece.
City midfielder, Fernandinho along with other home players urged the fans in that corner to calm down.
Play resumed a few moments later once referee Taylor picked up a number of objects in that area of the pitch.
The midfielder made his comment and said it’s such a shame that such incidents still happen in 2019.
“We are still in a backward society.” Said Fred
“Unfortunately, this is happening in some stadiums. It happened here and in Ukraine with some friends.”
“It is said. But we have to keep our heads up and forget about that. We can’t give them any attention because that is all they want. I spoke to the referee after the match. They will do something about it and that’s all.”
More than one United player said they had been abused after the game. The Old Trafford club reported their comments to referee Anthony Taylor and Manchester City.
In response, City said they are working with Greater Manchester Police to help them identify individuals involved. Greater Manchester police said that no arrests had been made but “enquires into the incident are ongoing.”
“The club operates a zero-tolerance policy regarding discrimination of any kind.” Added City.
United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said, “I’ve seen it on the video and the fella must be ashamed of himself. It is unacceptable and I hope he won’t be watching any football anymore.”
City manager, Pep Guardiola also said he does not want to see any more alleged racist abuse “happen again.”
“It is a battle to fight every day. Unfortunately, it has happened in many places.”
United forward, Marcus Rashford called for more to be done to tackle the problem.
“The fact it is still happening is not good enough.”
“We seem to be speaking about it in an awful lot over the 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.”