MX23RW : Tuesday, January 21 11:37:55| >> :600:3846208:3846208:

Solskjaer demands action over alleged racist abuse during Manchester derby

Solskjaer demands action over alleged racist abuse during Manchester derby
© Reuters
Manchester City are investigating the allegations and have vowed to ban for life anyone found guilty.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer called for stern action and education in the wake of “unacceptable” alleged racist abuse aimed at his players during the win at Manchester City.

The Etihad Stadium bore witness to a match as thrilling as it was surprising as United overcame the reigning Premier League champions 2-1 thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.

But the Manchester derby also saw disturbing scenes, with City confirming they were “aware of a video circulating on social media which appears to show a supporter making racial gestures”.

The club are “working with Greater Manchester Police in order to help them identify any individuals concerned” after a supporter appeared to make a monkey gesture during a United attack in the second half. The police said no arrests had been made and enquires were ongoing.

The PA news agency understands that United reported the incident to City and referee Anthony Taylor, with more than one of their players feeling they had abuse of a racist nature aimed at them.

There were also reports of missiles being thrown as tempers boiled over in the stands, with Fred appearing to be hit by an object hurled from the crowd as the visitors prepared to take a corner.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “Fred and Jesse (Lingard) were in the corner, taking a corner, and I’ve seen the video, heard from the boys.

“We keep talking about it every bloody week.

“But he’s been caught on camera. He should, in my opinion, never be allowed into a football ground again and I’ve seen the video. Unacceptable.

“So I am sure that City and the authorities will deal with it.

“As I said, we keep talking about it every week and it doesn’t stop unless it’ll have consequences.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer branded the alleged abuse 'unacceptable'
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer branded the alleged abuse ‘unacceptable’ (Mike Egerton/PA).

Asked about Fred’s well-being, Solskjaer said: “It’s affected both him and Jesse, of course. They’re in the corner.

“You’ll see the video if you want to but sometimes you feel sorry for these people.

“I am sure they’ll feel sorry for them as well because it’s an act of ignorance.”

Lingard himself branded the individual’s apparent behaviour “shameful”.

Commenting on Twitter post showing a video of the alleged incident, he wrote: “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!”

Fred said the alleged incident showed “we are still in a backward society”.

“On the field, I didn’t see anything. I saw it only in the locker room afterwards,” the former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder told ESPN Brazil. “The guys showed me. He even threw a lighter and it hit me. I try not to care about that. I try to look ahead.

“Unfortunately, this is happening in some stadiums. It happened here, it happened in Ukraine with some friends. It’s sad, but we have to keep our heads up and forget about that. We can’t give them any attention because that’s all they want. I spoke to the referee after the match, they will do something about it and that’s all.

Fred said he was hit by a lighter
Fred said he was hit by a lighter (Mike Egerton/PA).

“We are all the same regardless of skin colour, hair and gender. We came from the same place and we all go to the same place when it’s all said and done. Thank God I have a lot of friends here in the locker room who hugged me, like Lingard. I don’t want to think about it. I just want to move on.”

Racism has become an alarmingly frequent topic in football this season.

England’s players were subjected to sickening monkey chants and Nazi salutes in a Euro 2020 qualifier away to Bulgaria in October, leading to a one-match UEFA stadium closure with a further game suspended during a two-year probationary period.

Asked whether similar sanctions should be meted out to City, Solskjaer responded: “Why don’t we educate him instead?

“It’s not City’s fault, it’s his – and that should be educated. That’s my opinion, anyway.

“Nothing to do with Man City as a football club, no.”

Sunday is the one-year anniversary of City’s match at Chelsea, which led to one supporter being permanently banned from Stamford Bridge for the use of racially abusive language and threatening and aggressive behaviour towards Raheem Sterling.

The home side reacted swiftly to Saturday’s alleged incident in the derby, making a statement 20 minutes after full-time.

City’s 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.”

Pep Guardiola backed Manchester City's swift response
Pep Guardiola backed Manchester City’s swift response (Martin Rickett/PA).

City boss Pep Guardiola backed the club’s stance in the post-match press conference.

“I think support the statement the club has done,” he said. “So, hopefully we are going to solve it and hopefully avoid it again and it doesn’t happen again.

“Of course, it is a battle to fight every day, so unfortunately it happens in many places and hopefully it cannot happen again.”

Anti-discrimination group Kick It Out said it had been “inundated with reports of alleged racist abuse from a number of individuals” during the game.

The Professional Footballers’ Association also condemned the alleged abuse and praised City’s swift response.

The events at the Etihad following an incident of alleged racist abuse by a supporter towards a visiting player at the League Two match between Forest Green and Scunthorpe.

body check tags ::

Click here for more stories about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Click here for more stories about Manchester United

Share this article now:
New Instagram promo
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free match previews newsletter! Updates are sent twice a week.

rhs 2.0
Premier League
Championship
Australian Open First Round
Result
Millman
Humbert
7  6 1 7
63 3 6 5
Result
Davidovich Fokina
Gombos
4 6 2 6 6
6 4 6 3 2
Result
Schwartzman
Harris
6 6 6
4 2 2
Result
Hurkacz
Novak
64 1 6 6 6
7  6 2 3 4
Result
Cilic
Moutet
6 6 6
3 2 4
Result
Ito
Gunneswaran
6 6 7
4 2 5
Result
Paire
Stebe
6 3 6 62 6
4 6 3 7  0
Result
Gasparyan
Sakkari
2 2
6 6
Result
Hibino
Peng
4 7  6
6 66 3
Result
Konta
Jabeur
4 2
6 6
Result
Brengle
Garcia
7  2 2
65 6 6
Result
Juvan
Yastremska
1 1
6 6
Result
Ferro
Van Uytvanck
6 6
2 1
Result
Garin
Travaglia
6 6 6
4 3 4
Result
Lopez
Bautista Agut
2 2 5
6 6 7
Result
Giustino
Raonic
2 1 3
6 6 6
Result
Sinner
Purcell
7  6 6
62 2 4
Result
Opelka
Fognini
6 7  4 3 65
3 63 6 6 7 
Result
Sandgren
Trungelliti
6 6 7
1 4 5
Result
Edmund
Lajovic
67 3 64
7  6 7 
Result
Halys
Krajinovic
67 61 6 6 5
7  7  3 4 7
Result
Hercog
Peterson
6 6
3 3
Result
Bencic
Karolina Schmiedlova
6 7
3 5
Result
Mladenovic
Pliskova
1 7
6 5
Result
Mayer
Paul
6 4 4 4
4 6 6 6
Result
Wang
Parmentier
7  6
62 3
Result
Mannarino
Thiem
3 5 2
6 7 6
Result
Thompson
Bublik
6 6 6
4 3 2
Result
Linette
Rus
6 3 4
1 6 6
Result
Riske
Wang
7  2 6
65 6 3
Result
Keys
Kasatkina
6 6
3 1
Result
Vekic
Sharapova
6 6
3 4
Result
Gulbis
Auger-Aliassime
7 4 7  6
5 6 64 4
Result
Vilella Martinez
Khachanov
6 4 64 3
4 6 7  6
Result
Pera
Rybakina
3 2
6 6
Result
Sasnovich
Minnen
63 6 5
7  4 7
Result
Andujar
Mmoh
1 4 4
6 6 6
Result
Uchiyama
Ymer
4 1 2
6 6 6
Result
Polmans
Kukushkin
6 6 4 68 6
4 3 6 7  4
Result
Duckworth
Bedene
4 7  7  2 4
6 65 65 6 6
Result
Basilashvili
Woo Kwon
65 6 7 3 6
7  4 5 6 3
Result
Dzumhur
Wawrinka
5 7  4 4
7 64 6 6
Result
Nadal
Dellien
6 6 6
2 3 0
Result
Siegemund
Vandeweghe
6 6
1 4
Result
Samsonova
Ostapenko
1 4
6 6
Result
Kovalik
Carreno Busta
4 6 1 62
6 3 6 7 
Result
Putintseva
Hsieh
6 6
1 3
Result
Bolt
Ramos-Vinolas
7  1 65 6 6
61 6 7  1 4
Result
Kecmanovic
Seppi
4 4 63
6 6 7 
Result
Muguruza
Rogers
0 6 6
6 1 0
Result
Tomljanovic
Sevastova
6 6
1 1
Result
Svitolina
Boulter
6 7
4 5
Result
Anisimova
Diyas
3 6 3
6 4 6
Result
Lottner
Giorgi
3 3
6 6
4.30am
Collins
Ditachenko
Result
Davis
Fernandez
6 6
4 2
4.30am
Bondarenko
Rodionova
5am
Herbert
Norrie
Result
Popyrin
Tsonga
65 6 6
7  2 1

(ret.)
5am
Cornet
Niculescu
5.15am
Monfils
Lu
5.30am
O'Connell
Rublev
Result
Flipkens
Muchova
3 6 67
6 2 7 
Result
Bellis
Maria
6 6
0 2
Result
Sugita
Benchetrit
6 6 6
2 0 3
5.45am
Vondrousova
Kuznetsova
6am
Karlovic
Pospisil
6am
Eubanks
Gojowczyk
6am
Isner
Monteiro
6.30am
Gaston
Munar
6.30am
Delbonis
Sousa
6.30am
Goffin
Chardy
7am
Fritz
Griekspoor
7am
Cuevas
Simon
7am
Paolini
Blinkova
7.15am
Suarez Navarro
Sabalenka
7.15am
Sorribes Tormo
Kudermetova
7.30am
Swiatek
Babos
7.45am
Dart
Doi
8am
Ivashka
Anderson
8am
Tabilo
Elahi Galan
8am
Medvedev
Tiafoe
8am
Sharma
Kontaveit
8am
Brady
Halep
8.30am
Koepfer
Martinez
8.30am
Pliskova
Watson
8.30am
Townsend
Pegula
8.30am
Mertens
Kovinic
8.45am
Kozlova
Hon
9am
Ruud
Gerasimov
9.30am
Cecchinato
Zverev
9.30am
Pavlyuchenkova
Stojanovic
10am
Cocciaretto
Kerber
Result
Verdasco
Donskoy
7 6 6
5 2 1
Coppa Italia
Coupe de la Ligue
League One
League Two
EFL Trophy
Scottish Championship
AFC Champions League
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool22211052143864
2Manchester CityMan City23153564273748
3Leicester CityLeicester23143648232545
4Chelsea2312383930939
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd239773627934
6Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2381053430434
7Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd238962522333
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs238783631531
9Crystal Palace237972226-430
10Arsenal2361163032-229
11Everton2385102633-729
12Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2385102234-1229
13Southampton2384112942-1328
14Burnley2383122638-1227
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2367102631-525
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham2265112634-823
17Watford2358102034-1423
18Aston Villa2364132944-1522
19Bournemouth2355132036-1620
20Norwich CityNorwich2345142345-2217

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!