Police bail man over ‘gesture’

The 58-year-old suspect from the North Wales area was held on

Saturday evening, hours after the game at Anfield.

Earlier, a television image capturing a Liverpool fan making an

alleged racist gesture during the clash was distributed on social

networking websites sparking a number of complaints to the

force.

A Merseyside Police spokeswoman said: “A 58-year-old man from

North Wales who was arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated

public order offence yesterday following the Liverpool and

Manchester United match has been released on police bail pending

further inquiries.”

It was the first game between the rivals since the eight-match

ban imposed on Liverpool striker Luis Suarez after the FA found him

guilty of racially abusing United defender and captain Patrice

Evra.

Before the match, in which Liverpool triumphed 2-1, the stadium

announcer warned supporters that racist and homophobic behaviour

would not be tolerated.

It is understood that home supporters found guilty of such

offences inside the ground would be subject to life bans from the

club.