Liverpool fan charged with racist gestures during Manchester United FA Cup clash

A Reds fan was caught making alleged racist gestures during the game at Anfield following the eight game-ban imposed on Luis Suarez for abusing fellow professional Patrice Evra

Merseyside Police charged a man on Monday following racist gestures made during the FA Cup fourth-round clash between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on January 28.
The 58-year-old Phillip Gannon, of Barmouth, North Wales, has been charged with a racially aggravated section five public order offence and a section five public order offence.
He has been bailed to appear at the Liverpool Community Justice Centre at 9.45am on April 20.

Following the encounter, in which Liverpool triumphed 2-1, a screenshot of television pictures capturing Gannon making the gesture was distributed on social networking websites, sparking a number of complaints.

It was the first game between the rivals since Reds striker Luis Suarez was handed an eight-match ban after the Football Association found him guilty of racially abusing United captain Patrice Evra.

Prior to kick-off, the stadium announcer warned supporters that racist and homophobic behaviour would not be tolerated.