Man City fan arrested over monkey chants at Manchester Derby

A Manchester City fan has been arrested over alleged racist abuse during the Manchester derby, police have confirmed this morning.

A man aged 41 – named as Anthony Burke – has been arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence.

He has been held in custody for questioning, Greater Manchester Police confirmed today.

It comes as a fan was seen apparently making monkey chants towards Manchester United midfielder Fred during the match at the Etihad Stadium.

He was sitting in the Manchester City section while he is said to have hurled abuse at Fred during the Red Devil's 2-1 win.

The footballer was also hit by an object thrown from the crowd as he took a corner.

Burke, an ex-soldier who served in Northern Ireland, now works as a civil engineering manager at Kier group, according to reports.

His ex-partner told MailOnline how she and her children have received death threats over the incident.

She confirmed he had been arrested this morning.

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"Amy", of Wythenshawe, Manchester, said: "He is with the police – he has been arrested.

"He was arrested this morning. He doesn't live with me. It's horrible – I have had death threats and my kids."

She added: "I have been in tears. I am really surprised – this is not like him – his family are black.

"I keep watching the footage back and I can't say whether he's done it or not. Has he done it or hasn't he done it?

"I just can't say and I haven't spoken to him."

Kier group posted on Twitter last night: "We’re aware of a video circulating on social media.

"We take allegations and instances of racism very seriously and are currently investigating potential links between the individual involved and Kier.

Footage circulating on social media captured the alleged racist outburst.

The FA also confirmed they would launch an investigation into the incident, which was slammed by United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Greater Manchester Police last night tweeted: "We are aware of a video circulating on social media which shows a supporter making racist gestures during the Manchester City vs Manchester United match at the Etihad stadium.

"Officers are currently working with Manchester City Football Club in order to identify the individuals responsible."

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Cops were called to reports of a supporter making alleged racist gestures and sounds towards players at the derby at around 6.55pm.

Superintendent Chris Hill of the City of Manchester Division said: “I would like to thank the public for their ongoing support with this incident.

“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.

“We will continue to work with Manchester City and Manchester United Football clubs on this incident and will investigate any other lines of enquiries."

Fellow footballers took to Twitter following United's 2-1 victory – as Fred branded the racists who ruin football "backward".

It comes as City bosses vowed to dish out a lifetime ban if the alleged offender was deemed to be racist.

United's Ashley Young posted: "Should never have to post anything like this because I'd have thought it's obvious but racism has no place in football or society.

"I hope the individual is properly dealt with", he added.

And Jesse Lingard hit back at bigots tweeting: "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!"

Football equality and inclusion organisation Kick It Out revealed how it had been "inundated" with reports of alleged racist abuse.

"We will be contacting both clubs to offer our support and hope swift action is taken to identify the offenders," it said on Twitter.

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