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Racism arrest made

December 9, 2012
By ESPN staff

Greater Manchester Police have confirmed that a fan was arrested at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, after racist chanting was heard during the Manchester derby.

Two arrests have been confirmed by police following the Manchester derby
GettyImagesTwo arrests have been confirmed by police following the Manchester derby

Police acted during Manchester United's 3-2 victory against arch-rivals Manchester City, a result that moved Sir Alex Ferguson's side six points clear at the top of the table.

"Man arrested inside stadium on suspicion of committing a racially aggravated public order offence after officers hear racist chanting," the force posted on Twitter.

It was the second arrest of the day at the ground, as officers also stopped a fan on suspicion of ticket touting prior to kick-off.

There was further trouble inside the ground close to full-time, as Rio Ferdinand appeared to be struck by a coin thrown from the crowd while celebrating Robin van Persie's winner, as another fan also encroached on the pitch to confront the United defender.