Police say a 15-year-old boy has been arrested for sending a racist tweet to a Manchester United player, widely reported to be Rio Ferdinand, during the stormy derby match against Manchester City.
Greater Manchester Police say the boy was held on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offense before being released on bail pending further enquiries.
Ferdinand was one of the central figures of Sunday's derby that was marred by crowd disturbances. The defender was left bleeding from a cut above his left eye after being struck by an object thrown from the crowd while he celebrated United's late winner in a 3-2 victory.
A City fan also ran on to the field and toward Ferdinand, but fell and was then obstructed by City goalkeeper Joe Hart.
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- During the celebration of the last goal of the Manchester derby between City and United, a City fan threw a coin that struck Rio Ferdinand in the face. Photo: Reuters
- The defender took a coin to the face that caused bleeding in the left eyebrow. Photo: Reuters
- The English international reacted with irony on his Twitter account. Photo: Reuters
- "Whoever threw the coin, good shot! Could not believe it was a copper ... 2p! Could at least have been a 1p coin!" he tweeted. Photo: Reuters
- Ferdiand left the field with his face bloodied. Photo: Reuters
- Another incident took place when a fan invaded the field and tried to assault the United defender. Photo: Reuters
- "It's sad that a City fan came out (on the field) and coins were thrown. Those things should not happen," said United coach Sir Alex Ferguson. Photo: Reuters