A Manchester United fan who was ejected from Old Trafford for allegedly racially abusing Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has been banned indefinitely by the club.
The incident came during United’s 1-1 draw with Jürgen Klopp’s side on Sunday and it’s believed those inside the stadium reported the racial abuse to stewards, leading to the individual being ejected.
United announced they were investigating such allegations on Monday, saying: “We are aware of an incident at yesterday’s game where an individual in the home section has allegedly engaged in racial abuse. The individual was identified and ejected from the stadium.”
“We are investigating the matter as a priority. Racism and all forms of discrimination are completely unacceptable and do not reflect the values of our club.”
This was later followed by a statement from Liverpool, who welcomed United opening an investigation: “At this stage it would be inappropriate to comment further on the alleged incident itself other than to welcome the swiftness with which Manchester United have launched an investigation and support their stance that racism and discrimination must be treated with zero tolerance.”
United have since confirmed that, pending an appeal, the ‘supporter’ involved will face an indefinite ban from attending the club’s matches, releasing a statement that read: “Following our investigation into the alleged incidence of racist abuse on Sunday, we have issued an indefinite ban to the individual involved.”
“This individual is not welcome at Old Trafford and we want to reinforce that we will continue to take strong action against anyone who we identify has engaged in racist or discriminatory abuse, either online or at our matches.”
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