Merseyside Police bail man accused of making racist gesture during Liverpool’s FA Cup win over Manchester United

The 58-year-old was arrested on Saturday after an image circulated on Twitter appearing to show him making a racially-motivated action from the stands during the heated tie.
Merseyside Police have bailed a man arrested over allegedly making a racist gesture during Liverpool’s FA Cup fourth-round victory over Manchester United at Anfield on Saturday.

The 58-year-old was apprehended by the authorities after a still from the TV footage of the game was circulated on Twitter, appearing to show him making a racist gesture in the stands.

A Merseyside Police spokeswoman said: "A 58-year-old man from North Wales who was arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offense yesterday following the Liverpool and Manchester United match has been released on police bail pending further inquiries."

Saturday’s match was the first meeting between the bitter rivals since Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was handed an eight-match ban for racially abusing United defender Patrice Evra, and the Frenchman was subjected to booing from the Anfield crowd throughout.

Before the clash, the stadium announcer warned supporters that racist or homophobic behaviour would not be tolerated, and it is believed any individual found guilty of such offenses would face a lifetime ban from the club.