Gael Clichy subject to racism

Manchester City defender Gael Clichy is thought to have been the subject of racism in a pre-season friendly in Ireland, The Telegraph report.

The Premier League champions were playing against Limerick on Sunday, and the France international has since claimed that he was targeted, with a banana thrown onto the pitch.

“How sad to see bananas thrown on the pitch … knowing people around the world need food,” Clichy commented on his Twitter page.

The Irish authorities have pledged to check CCTV cameras to try and ascertain the identity of the guilty parties.

“The Gardai and stadium officials are reviewing the CCTV recordings to attempt to identify an individual involved in the throwing of an offensive object onto the playing field,” a statement reads.

“Any individual identified as being involved in an incident of this nature will be banned from future attendance and the matter will be handed over to the Gardai. All those involved with the friendly game fully condemn all forms of unacceptable behaviour of this nature.”

By Gareth McKnight