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Police probe Kompany racist abuse claims

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Greater Manchester Police are investigating claims Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany was racially abused in the aftermath of his side's 2-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford last night.

The Belgian international was conducting a post-match interview in the players' tunnel having led his side to their second successive league victory at Old Trafford, where it is claimed he was racially abused by a nearby fan. A clip of the interview has since emerged online.

Manchester City were satsified Kompany had not been racially abused after eviewing the footage, but a Greater Manchester Police spokesman has confirmed the incident is being looked into, although there has been no complaint from anyone at the game.

A statement read: "Greater Manchester Police has not received a complaint about racist abuse directed towards any players following last night’s fixture; however we have now been made aware of this footage by the Manchester Evening News.'

"The force will work with both clubs and review any footage to investigate the incident.

"Racist abuse will not be tolerated by Greater Manchester Police and we will thoroughly investigate this matter. If anyone has any information which could assist us I would ask them the Police at Stretford on 0161 856 7655.’

Despite the incident, the police force have praised the behaviour of both sets of fans during the derby, with only 10 arrests made.

Although City's win narrows the gap to Manchester United at the top of the table, Sir Alex Ferguson's side are still comfortably on course to regain their Premier League crown, with 12 points now separating the two teams.

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