Coin hits Rio Ferdinand, fan held for racism at Manchester derby

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"Football in this country has made great progress over recent decades. However, we must maintain the safety and security inside of our stadia and to do this we need to isolate and identify any individuals guilty of offenses with strong penalties to act as a deterrent to others.''

The Greater Manchester Police Twitter feed later received notification of racist comments directed at Ferdinand on the social networking site.

"Thank you to everyone reporting racist tweets,'' the force tweeted. "We are aware and are investigating.''

Police are also investigating chants during the game after announcing that a man was "arrested inside stadium on suspicion of committing a racially aggravated public order offense after officers hear racist chanting.''

Man City said it wasn't aware who the fan supported.

The alleged racism happened a day after a Swansea supporter was arrested at another topflight game for supposedly making a racist gesture toward Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong. The fan was released on police bail on Sunday pending further inquiries.

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