Liverpool fan arrested over racist gesture

Police have arrested a Liverpool fan over an alleged racist gesture aimed towards Manchester United defender Patrice Evra in Saturday’s FA Cup fourth round tie at Anfield, The Liverpool Echo reports. The 59 year old from North Wales was caught on camera and arrested on Saturday evening.

Liverpool won the game 2-1 thanks to a late Dirk Kuyt strike and on the majority, the fans were fantastically well behaved bar the Liverpool supporter. The police said that the incident was being handled by specialist hate detectives after a picture of the incident was posted on social networking site Twitter. Evra was racially abused by Luis Suarez in the league meeting at Anfield back in October and was subject to boos from the Reds fans throughout the game.

A police spokeswoman said: ‘Merseyside Police can confirm a man from the north Wales area has been arrested. The man has been taken to a police station and will be questioned by officers. Merseyside Police would like to thank North Wales Police and Liverpool Football Club for their assistance with this matter.’

The Reds have been involved in racial abuse problems more than once this season and Oldham defender Tom Adeyemi accused a Liverpool fan of abusing him in the third round at Anfield. Liverpool fans backed Adeyemi and a stadium announcement prior to the FA Cup game addressed the stance that the Reds hold against racism.

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