41-year-old man arrested over abuse directed at Man United players

Kier has suspended a member of staff after allegations of racial abuse at the Manchester derby yesterday evening.

A man was arrested after objects and racist abuse appeared to be targeted at Manchester United players.

Police say they were told a fan had allegedly been making racist gestures in the game between Manchester City and United.

A man, believed to be a City fan, was filmed directing what appeared to be monkey gestures and sounds towards United players during the match at City's Etihad Stadium.

After social media speculation that the person allegedly making the gestures worked at Kier, the firm tweeted a response late last evening.

The contractor said: “We’re aware of a video circulating on social media. We take allegations and instances of racism very seriously and are currently investigating potential links between the individual involved and Kier.”

The firm confirmed earlier today on social media that an employee had been suspended “pending an investigation”.

It said: "Kier has a zero tolerance policy towards any racist and discriminatory behaviour."

The incident happened as United midfielder Fred, who is from Brazil, went to take a corner in the second half and appeared to be hit by an object thrown from the crowd.

A 41-year-old man has been held on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order.

Manchester United won the game 2-1.