Manchester United midfielder Fred has spoken out following racism in the derby match against Manchester City last weekend.
After receiving many messages of support, the player has sent a video to Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte thanking all the fans and explaining he’s fine despite the incident.
“Hey guys, ok? This is Fred. I’m here to explain what happened, the incident in the match against Manchester City last weekend. Unfortunately this case of racism happened. I wanted to explain, there are a lot of people asking how I am. I want to say that I’m very calm, at peace with myself. I want to first thank everyone who cared about me, thank you very much for everything.
“Unfortunately this is still happening inside and outside the stadiums in 2019. It’s annoying. But I’m calm, I’m in peace. I want everyone to know that. The only answer I can give is on the pitch, what I’ve been doing, keep playing well. I give this answer to anyone who commits an act of racism. So I want to thank everyone for the messages. Thank you so much for everything, and let’s go together, let everyone get into this awareness that racism is an annoying thing. It’s a bad thing for everyone, not just me, but everyone else. Say no to Racism.”
Fred was attacked when taking a corner at the 67th minute of the match. Objects including lighters were thrown at him, and a Manchester City fan was seen making racist gestures towards him or a Manchester United teammate.
Manchester City soon released a statement about the incident, making it clear they would take the required action, and manager Pep Guardiola went to talk to the midfielder after the final whistle.
Greater Manchester Police identified the man and arrested him, although he’s defended himself, claiming it’s all a big misunderstanding.