One charged for ‘throwing missile’ and another released on bail after ‘tragedy chanting’ during the Manchester derby

The two individuals were swiftly arrested by GMP.

Danny Jones Danny Jones - 5th March 2024

Two fans were arrested following the latest Manchester derby at the weekend after one fan threw a missile onto the pitch mid-game and another was suspected of tragedy chanting in the stands.

After being detained by Greater Manchester Police on Sunday, the Manchester City fan who threw a blue flare in André Onana’s direction after Phil Foden’s equalising goal in the 3-1 win has now been released on bail with conditions.

Identified as Adam McNally from Bullcote Green in Royton, Oldham, he has been charged with throwing a missile onto the pitch and being in possession of a firework or flare at the sporting event.

As for the fan arrested on suspicion of tragedy chanting, after stewards inside the Etihad Stadium were notified “following reports made in the crowd, the man was promptly arrested by officers.” He has now also been bailed.

The fan was charged with throwing a flare onto the game area shortly after Foden’s first goal early in the second half.

The member of the home support was captured in images circulated on social media making an aeroplane gesture, seemingly mocking the 1958 Munich Air Disaster in which 23 people, including eight of Manchester United’s famous ‘Busby Babes’ team, were killed.


It was the 66th anniversary of the crash just last month.

It was only in July last year that another City fan was slapped with a fine and a banning order after mocking the Hillsborough Disaster of 1989 following a game against Liverpool in December 2022 and Man United had to condemn a section of their own fan base for chanting about the same tragedy.


Despite recent pushes from the Premier League, FA and football clubs all across the UK, tragedy chants like these are still present in the game and remain a prevailing problem in modern fan culture.

Unfortunately, it’s by no means the derby isn’t the only time Greater Manchester fans have been involved in tragedy chants.

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Neither of the Manchester clubs are yet to come out and issue a statement following the two incidents, but there will almost certainly be a fresh push from increased safety amongst home and away fans, as well as a reminder that tragedy chanting is simply unacceptable.

The Premier League, FA Cup and European champions went on to win the game 3-1 despite Marcus Rashford’s impressive early strike, with Foden grabbing two and Erling Haaland sealing the result at the death.


You can watch the highlights from Man City’s home victory over Man United in the 192nd Manchester derby down below:

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