29 Jan '12, 2am
UK police investigating racist gesture by Liverpool fan
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) - Police are investigating footage of a Liverpool fan making a racist gesture during the FA Cup match against Manchester United on Saturday. Mr Jon Ward, chief superintendent of the Merseyside Police, says a number of complaints were made after an image of the fan's gesture was posted on Twitter. 'This matter is now under investigation by specialist hate crime detectives and we are working with Liverpool Football Club to identify the man in question,' Mr Ward said. A total of 17 people were ejected from Anfield either before or during Liverpool's 2-1 win over United, the rivals' first meeting since the unsavoury race row between Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra erupted in a Premier League match in October. Suarez was handed an eight-match ban after the Football Association found the Liverpool striker guilty of racially abusing Evra, United's captain.