Yesterday’s Manchester derby at the Etihad stadium had no lack of drama. The visitors Manchester United, despite struggling against mid table teams, snatched a stunning 2-1 victory over their rivals. While Manchester City couldn’t even secure a single point from the game, their path to the title race has become rougher. Some home fans did not receive this well, and United players, especially Fred was subjected to lighter throw and racial abuses. The club launched a crackdown on the perpetrators, and the main person behind the monkey chants has been identified, who has some interesting things to clear himself up.
One Anthony Burke, who was seen performing the monkey chants at Fred, and allegedly screamed “black b*****d” at the Brazilian international, has been put on hold by the Greater Manchester Police.
Anthony Burke is a British Army veteran who served in Northern Ireland. Married and a father, Burke was presently employed at the Kier Group as a civil engineering manager, has been fired from his job following the incident.
On identification, the 41 year old tried to clear himself up on Facebook with outlandish reasons.
Anthony wrote: “Listen, I’m only racist c*** because I had a screen shot that made me look it.”
“However I ain’t racist, watch the match half of it was me with me putting my hands in my pants.” he added.
Now, check out what Anthony was doing in the stands during the match in the video below, courtesy of Twitter user @smithdaniel1603.
— daniel smith (@smithdaniel1603) December 7, 2019
Throwing hands and a running mouth- do you think it was just an innocent effort of Anthony “putting my hands in my pants”?
Following the news of arrest, Premier League posted a tweet on their official handle saying: “Everyone is welcome at Premier League matches. Racism is not.”
— Premier League (@premierleague) December 8, 2019
An official statement has also been released on their website, which reads: “The Premier League and our clubs will not tolerate discrimination in any form.”
“If people are found to have racially abused Premier League players they deserve to be punished and we will support any action taken by the authorities and the clubs.”