A man has been found guilty ıf shouting racial abuse and making a racially aggravated gesture at the Manchester derby. Anthony Burke was sentenced yesterday for a section 5 racially aggravated public order offence and handed a three-year football banning order.
Officers from GMP’s City of Manchester Central Park CID started the investigation in December 2019 after the reports of racist behaviour at the Etihad Stadium. Burke was seen on TV while he was making a monkey gesture towards three black players.
Detective Constable Susan Muldowney, of GMP’s Central Park CID, said: “The Manchester derby is a fixture that usually shows the best of Manchester but that night Anthony Burke appalled the city and the wider football community.”His frankly unacceptable actions live on TV were witnessed by viewers around the world and it is right that he has finally been brought to account for what he did.”
“No member of society should face such abuse wherever they are, especially when at their place of work – and this applies for anyone, whether they are a professional sports player or otherwise.”