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Manchester City issue statement confirming ban of two supporters



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Manchester City have suspended two supporters after a video emerged of offensive chanting on the Etihad Stadium concourse during Saturday’s win over Brighton in the Premier League.

The Blues’ 2-1 victory against Brighton at the Etihad Stadium was overshadowed by footage emerging online of a minority of supporters singing offensive chants in relation to the death of Sir Bobby Charlton, who passed away on Saturday, aged 86.

The death of Sir Bobby Charlton was announced during Manchester City’s match against the Seagulls, with tributes pouring in for the Manchester United and England legend.

Sir Bobby Charlton was part of England’s 1966 World Cup winning side and enjoyed a glittering career; winning the European Cup, three league titles and the FA Cup.

Manchester City issued an urgent appeal to supporters to help identify the individuals filmed offensively chanting, with the club announcing on Thursday that two people had been suspended in relation to the incident, which has been refered to Greater Manchester Police.

A club statement, said: “Manchester City can confirm that two minors have been identified in connection with the vile chanting heard at the Etihad Stadium during half-time of last weekend’s fixture against Brighton & Hove Albion.

“The individuals in question have subsequently been suspended from attending all home or away fixtures and their details have been shared with Greater Manchester Police who are investigating the matter.

“Following the conclusion of Greater Manchester Police’s ongoing investigation, the individuals will be subject to the Club’s official sanctions and bans process.”

Manchester City swiftly apologised to Manchester United and the family of Sir Bobby Charlton, with the club set to be part of tributes to the footballing legend this weekend.

Pep Guardiola’s side travel to Old Trafford for the Manchester Derby, with the two club’s meeting for the first time since the Emirates FA Cup Final in June.