Manchester United have banned an abusive supporter indefinitely after identifying him over racist abuse aimed at Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The supporter, accused of shouting "you f------ black c---" at the 21-year-old during Sunday's 1-1 draw, was marched out of the stadium as United immediately launched an investigation, scouring CCTV.
The club identified the perpetrator via the club's season ticket database and have now written to him to issue an indefinite ban. The fan can appeal the punishment. Greater Manchester Police were informed after security ejected the fan amid complaints he had reputedly shouted “you f------ black c---” at Alexander-Arnold.
The incident is believed to have occurred during the first half of the match close to the players’ executive boxes in the Stretford End. It came at the end of a week in which England’s black players were subjected to racist abuse in Sofia during their Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria and Haringey Borough walked off the pitch in their FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie against Yeovil Town on Saturday after at least two of their players were the target of alleged racial abuse.
"Racism and all forms of discrimination are completely unacceptable and do not reflect the values of our club," United said in a statement. "Following our investigation into the alleged incidence of racist abuse on Sunday, we have issued an indefinite ban to the individual involved. This individual is not welcome at Old Trafford and we want to reinforce that we will continue to take strong action against anyone who we identify has engaged in racist or discriminatory abuse, either online or at our matches."
Abuse has been reported against players in non-league, the EFL, the Premier League and internationals in the last week. Over the weekend England's top flight spearheaded a new clampdown on the crisis.
On Tuesday it emerged Northampton are investigating claims of discriminatory chanting by Salford during their Sky Bet League Two match on Saturday.