Manchester City are investigating whether a supporter allegedly racially abused Manchester United players during Saturday’s derby.
A video taken from the game’s broadcast appeared to show a man making a racially abusive gesture during the second half when United players Fred and Jesse Lingard were making their way towards the corner where City fans were located.
The club have contacted Greater Manchester Police and issued an immediate statement after the match to confirm they are investigating the matter, adding that “the club operates a zero tolerance policy regarding discrimination of any kind” and promised that life-time bans will be issued to anyone found guilty.
City also confirmed that police are looking into supporters who appeared to throw objects at Fred during the same incident.
A Manchester City club statement read: “Manchester City FC are aware of a video circulating on social media which appears to show a supporter making racial gestures during the second half of the match against Manchester United this evening.
“Officials from the club are working with Greater Manchester Police in order to help them identify any individuals concerned and assist with their enquiries.
“The club are also working with GMP regarding an instance of objects being thrown onto the field of play.
“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.”