Racist chant at City-United; Ferdinand hit by coin
MANCHESTER, England (AP) -Police arrested a spectator at the Premier League's Manchester derby for racist chanting on Sunday, and also launched an investigation into racist tweets sent to Rio Ferdinand after he was struck by a coin.
In a volatile end to the match at City's Etihad Stadium in which Robin Van Persie clinched a 3-2 win for United, Ferdinand was left bleeding from a cut above his left eye after being struck by an object.
"Whoever threw that coin, what a shot!'' Ferdinand wrote on Twitter.
City said the club will assist the police with its investigation into "the throwing of missiles'' and trouble between both sets of fans.
"Manchester City wishes to offer its sincere apologies to Rio Ferdinand,'' City said in a statement. "The club unreservedly condemns the actions which led to his being injured.''
A City fan also ran toward Ferdinand, but fell and was then obstructed by City goalkeeper Joe Hart, who pushed him away. The supporter was led away from the pitch by stewards.
"Respect to Joe Hart for protecting that idiot who ran on!! Love the banter between fans but there is a point when it goes too far...calm it!'' Ferdinand added on Twitter.
City said it will supply video footage and eyewitness accounts to officers to help identify the perpetrators, and then "apply its own disciplinary policies for any fans found guilty of offenses.''
The Greater Manchester Police Twitter feed later received notification of racist comments directed at Ferdinand on the social networking site.
"Thank you to everyone reporting racist tweets,'' the force tweeted. "We are aware and are investigating.''
Police are also investigating chants during the game after announcing that a man was "arrested inside stadium on suspicion of committing a racially aggravated public order offense after officers hear racist chanting.''
Man City said it wasn't aware who the fan supported.
The alleged racism happened a day after a Swansea supporter was arrested at another topflight game for allegedly making a racist gesture toward Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong.