A Manchester City football fan who has been arrested for making ‘monkey gestures’ aimed at a Manchester United player says he ‘ain’t racist’ and was just ‘putting his hands in his pants.’
Anthony Burke, 41, was arrested by officers from Greater Manchester Police this morning, after video footage of him making what appear to be racist monkey gestures during the game between the Manchester rivals last night, went viral.
The video shows the civil engineering manager making the gestures towards Manchester United midfielder Fred.
Burke, who has now been suspended by his employers, Kier Group, a building company, has denied the allegations and says that the video has been taken out of context and urged people to watch the whole clip.
He wrote on Facebook: ‘Listen, I’m only racist cbecause I had a screen shot that made me look it.
‘However I ain’t racist, watch the match, half of it was me with me putting my hands in my pants.’
Burke also insists he was not arrested but made an ‘appointment’ to speak to the police.
However, the former soldier’s ex-partner contradicted his claim, telling MailOnline that he was arrested by police this morning.
Amy, of Wythenshawe, Manchester, said: ‘He was arrested this morning. He doesn’t live with me. It’s horrible – I have had death threats and my kids.
‘I have been in tears. I am really surprised – this is not like him – his family are black. I keep watching the footage back and I can’t say whether he’s done it or not. Has he done it or hasn’t he done it?’
Following Manchester United’s 2-1 win, winger Jesse Lingard tweeted: ‘Not even this idiot can ruin tonight’s feeling, shameful behaviour, it may be the derby but there is never ever a reason to be racist!’
Striker Marcus Rashford posted: ‘Can’t beat a derby win. Stood up to EVERYTHING thrown at us & got what we deserved.’
Kier Group tweeted: ‘Kier has a zero tolerance policy towards any racist and discriminatory behaviour. We can confirm an employee has been suspended pending an investigation.’