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Two Manchester United fans arrested after racial allegations by train passenger

Snehartho Dey
1.52K   //    29 Aug 2015, 13:36 IST
The Manchester-bound train had two 51-year-old United supporters who racially abused a fellow passenger

A couple of Manchester United fans were arrested on Thursday after a train passenger was racially abused by the two supporters according to reports from BBC.

The alleged incident took place inside a virgin train that was bound towards Manchester from London and the two men in custody were said to be returning from Belgium where United played Brugge in the Champions League playoffs on Wednesday.

The British Transport Police (BPT) confirmed that the men have been put behind bars as witnesses reported about them directing racial slurs towards the fellow passenger inside the 20:40 BST service on Thursday that runs from London to Manchester.

Both individuals arrested were 51 years old and while one of them even went ahead and physically attacked the witness by kicking him. The arrest happened at Manchester Piccadilly station on grounds of common assault.

The first man was held at Crewe station on suspicion of committing a racially aggravated public offence. He has been bailed until 17 September.

Previously, Chelsea fans were also involved in a similar incident only this time there was a clear footage of the Blues supporters making racial remarks at a black man in the Paris Metro. The footage showed the group repeatedly preventing the victim from entering a train and singing, "We're racist, we're racist and that's the way we like it."

The incident took place at the Richelieu-Drouot station in the centre of Paris after a Champions League match between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain last season.

With constant efforts of UEFA and the FA to building a community that is intolerable towards racism, the problem continues to persist in the sport.

United, meanwhile, defeated Club Brugge 7-1 on aggregate in the Champions League play offs to return to the competition in style after a one-year gap. Wayne Rooney buried his poor form in the Premier League as he bagged a hat-trick to inspire van Gaal’s side to an emphatic win in Belgium.

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