Man arrested at Manchester United v Crystal Palace over reports of racist slurs

Police said that racism at football matches will not be tolerated following the arrest at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The incident was reported to GMP during Man Utd v Crystal Palace Credit: Getty Images

A man has been arrested after it was reported that he made racist comments during the Manchester United v Crystal Palace game.

A 56-year-old man was arrested at Old Trafford on Sunday on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence. Police have not said which team he is a supporter of.

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Superintendent Caroline Hemingway, of GMPs Trafford District, said: “This type of behaviour is utterly unacceptable. The vast majority of fans acted in an exemplary way this afternoon, allowing each other to just enjoy the match without any significant issues, but unfortunately this was tainted by this man’s disgusting actions.

“We work closely with Manchester United Football Club to promote good behaviour at matches and to identify anyone who commits a criminal offence.

“I want to send a clear message to anyone attending football matches intent on engaging in abusive and threatening behaviour that it will not be tolerated. GMP officers will take positive action against those using racist language and that is what my officers have done at today’s fixture.

“As well as being arrested we will work with our football partners to ensure the strongest action is taken including banning those fans from attending future football matches.”

“Our top priority is the safety and wellbeing of the fans, staff and players and we want fans to be able to enjoy matches without the experience being ruined by a small number of people.”