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Manchester City's Gael Clichy claims banana was thrown on pitch against Limerick as investigation begins

Daily Telegraph by Telegraph Sport | Tuesday, 7 August 2012 | Click here for original article


Gardai - the police force of the Republic of Ireland - and stadium officials are studying CCTV footage in an attempt to identify a spectator who is alleged to have thrown the missile on to the pitch during the Premier League club's 4-0 victory at Thomond Park yesterday.

A statement released on behalf of Limerick FC and Thomond Park Stadium said: "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.

"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."

It is understood Manchester City made no formal complaint over the incident, which was mentioned by Clichy via his Twitter account.

The incident came as Newcastle asked Den Haag to investigate reports of racist chanting from sections of home fans during the friendly game between the two clubs at the Kyocera Stadium the previous day.


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