Police probe racial gesture by Liverpool fan

January 29th, 2012 - 9:19 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Jan 29 (IANS) Liverpool might have knocked out Manchester United out of the FA Cup but the club is in the news for all the wrong reasons. Police have launched an investigation into alleged racist gesture made by a Liverpool fan during the the match.

Following the 2-1 victory for Liverpool at Anfield, police confirmed they were investigating the alleged monkey gesture captured on TV footage. A number of complaints were made after the image was put on various social networking websites.

Patrice Evra, who became embroiled in the row that led to Luis Suarez being found guilty of racially abusing the United defender in the 1-1 draw Oct 15, was booed loudly every time he touched the ball during the Cup tie Saturday.

“We can confirm that a 59-year-old man from North Wales has been arrested following an alleged incident. The man has been taken to a police station and will be questioned by officers. Merseyside Police would like to thank North Wales Police and Liverpool Football Club for their assistance with this matter,” Merseyside police said in a statement.

Before the match, the stadium announcer warned supporters that racist behaviour would not be tolerated.

Speaking after the game, match commander Chief Superintendent Jon Ward said: “I would like to thank the majority of fans for their behaviour and cooperation. We knew this would be a busy operation, and most fans can be proud that they acted as ambassadors for their cities and their clubs.”

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