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Video shows fans' racist abuse in Manchester City-Manchester United

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Video shows fans' racist abuse in Manchester City-Manchester United

Cameras caught Manchester City supporters throwing objects toward and directing racist abuse at Manchester United players during Saturday's Manchester Derby.  

Manchester United midfielder Fred delayed taking a corner kick late in Saturday's 2-1 win over Manchester City while City supporters threw lighters and bottles, among other items, at the Brazilian. Video of the incident showed a fan appearing to make a monkey gesture in the direction of Fred and United teammate Jesse Lingard, both of whom are black. 

Fred told ESPN Brazil after the match that the same fan "even threw a lighter and it hit me."

"Unfortunately, we are still in a backward society," Fred told ESPN Brazil. "[It is a shame] we still have to live with that in 2019. On the field, I didn't see anything. I saw it only in the locker room afterwards."

Manchester City issued a statement after the match, promising lifetime bans for any fans found guilty of racial abuse. 

"Manchester City FC are aware of a video circulating on social media which appears to show a supporter making racial gestures during the second half of the match against Manchester United this evening," the club said in a statement. "Officials from the Club are working with Greater Manchester Police in order to help them identify any individuals concerned and assist with their [inquiries].

"The Club are also working with GMP regarding an instance of objects being thrown onto the field of play. The Club operates a zero tolerance policy regarding discrimination of any kind, and anyone found guilty of racial abuse will be banned from the club for life."

Kick It Out, an organization focused on fighting "discrimination, inequality and exclusion" in English soccer, issued a statement offering support to United and City. 

Racism has long been in a problem in soccer, and Kick It Out found last year that reports of racial discrimination at professional and grassroots levels rose 43 percent. Elsewhere in the country Saturday, a League Two match was temporarily stopped after a Forest Green Rovers supporter racially abused a player for Scunthorpe United.

Watch VAR award penalty, Manchester United lead over Manchester City

Watch VAR award penalty, Manchester United lead over Manchester City

Marcus Rashford took advantage of a rare occurrence Saturday. 

VAR overturned referee Anthony Taylor's initial decision to not penalize Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva's foul on the Manchester United forward, and Rashford scored on the ensuing penalty to give the Red Devils a 1-0 lead over their intracity rivals Saturday at City of Manchester Stadium. 

Rashford nearly built upon his 23rd-minute penalty twice in the ensuing moments, missing wide on a counter-attack and hitting the crossbar soon after.

But six minutes after Rashford's goal, Anthony Martial doubled United's advantage. 

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City needed to win Saturday to keep their increasingly slim English Premier League title hopes alive.

That much, like VAR's decision to award United a penalty Saturday, was clear and obvious: The Cityzens dropped 14 points back of first-place Liverpool thanks to Saturday's loss.

Manchester City-Manchester United live stream: Watch Premier League game

Manchester City-Manchester United live stream: Watch Premier League game

Get your popcorn ready. This one is going to be good.

Manchester United and Manchester City face off on Saturday at City of Manchester Stadium in another edition of the Manchester Derby. The rivalry had long been dominated by United, but City have had the upper hand in recent years, going 10-4-2 against the Red Devils over their last 16 encounters.

City have been in great form as of late, with their sole loss over their last 11 matches coming on the road at first-place Liverpool. The Citizens lead the Premier League with 43 goals scored, and are tied with Leicester City for the best goal differential in the Prem. With 32 points, City comfortably sit in third place in the league table.

United, meanwhile, have been a bit inconsistent, but are coming off an impressive 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday. Marcus Rashford scored both goals in that victory, and has now scored seven goals over Man United's last seven games. With 21 points, the Red Devils currently are in sixth place in the Prem standings, two back of Wolverhampton and eight behind Chelsea in fourth.

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Here's how to watch Saturday's Manchester City-Manchester United match online and on TV:

When: Saturday, Dec. 7 at 12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT
TV Channel: NBCSN
Live Stream: NBC Sports