A Manchester City supporter has been charged with racially abusing Manchester United midfielder Ashley Young during the meeting between the two sides earlier this month.
David Reeves, 24, was accused of hurling insults at Young during Man United’s 4-2 win over their arch rivals at Old Trafford.
Following the match, Reeves was arrested by police and he has now been charged.
Young scored United’s crucial equaliser on the day before going on to set up two more goals for his teammates.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said: ‘A man has been charged with a racially aggravated public order offence.
“David Reeves is charged with an offence of racially / religiously aggravated harassment / alarm / distress by words and will appear before Trafford Magistrates’ Court on 26 May 2015.
“It follows comments allegedly made during the derby match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on 12 April 2015.”
Police are also continuing to investigate video footage which appeared to show City supporters mocking the Munich Air Disaster after the game.
Both incidents are absolutely unacceptable and the City fans deserve any punishment that comes their way. However, it is also important to stress that these supporters are in the minority. Although the Manchester derby can get extremely heated, both sets of fans generally behave themselves.