No action taken against fan over alleged racist 'monkey gesture'

Manchester Evening News | Friday, 14 December 2012 | Click here for original article

No further action will be taken against a man arrested on suspicion of racist behaviour following United’s Capital One Cup defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Scotland Yard said.

Pictures during the October 31 fourth round tie appeared to show a fan making a ‘monkey’ gesture.

A 28-year-old man was arrested over alleged racist behaviour.

United striker Danny Welbeck appeared to be the target of the alleged abuse.

Other fans in the crowd were interviewed and CCTV footage has been examined but “a decision was taken with the Crown Prosecution Service to proceed with no further action,” the Scotland Yard spokesman said.

He said: “The Metropolitan Police Service takes any allegation of racist chanting and/or behaviour very seriously and if any matters are brought to our attention they will of course be thoroughly investigated.

“The MPS routinely work very closely with football clubs and partner agencies to monitor behaviour to ensure public confidence and safety.”


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