Manchester City have released a statement condemning the behaviour of a section of their supporters, who were captured on video racially abusing a Manchester United player in the Sky Blues' 2-1 defeat on Saturday afternoon. 


The video shows a Man City fan making obscene monkey gestures towards Man Utd midfielder Fred, and there were also reports of monkey noises being directed at the 26-year-old from the same sector.

Fred

The footage has been circulating on social media since the final whistle, and Man City have subsequently released a statement on their offici​al website condemning the supporters' actions, and have assured that 'anyone found guilty of racial abuse will be banned from the club for life.'


"​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," the statement reads. 


"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."

Fred

Man City have been heavily involved in the fight against racism in recent times, after England star ​Raheem Sterling was racially abused by a Chelsea supporter, who was subsequently banned for life from attending football matches.


​Fred was also hit by a missile during the match, when Man City fans threw lighters and other items at the midfielder and teammate Jesse Lingard. The Citizens fell to a 2-1 home defeat to local rivals Man Utd on Saturday afternoon, thanks to goals from ​Marcus Rashford and ​Anthony Martial