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Man bailed following police investigation into Evra 'gesture'

A 58-year-old man has been bailed following police inquiries into an alleged racist gesture made towards Manchester United’s Patrice Evra at Anfield on Saturday.

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A MAN ARRESTED in connection with an alleged racist gesture made towards Patrice Evra has been released on bail.

The 58-year-old was questioned by Merseyside Police after TV cameras caught a fan making the alleged gesture during Saturday’s FA Cup tie between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield.

Police opened an investigation after images of the incident were circulated on Twitter. A spokesperson for Merseyside Police told the BBC last night that the man in question had been bailed pending further inquiries.

A late winner by Dirk Kuyt gave Liverpool a 2-1 win and a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup, where they will host Brighton and Hove Albion at Anfield.

Saturday’s game was the first meeting between the two rivals since an FA investigation found Liverpool striker Luis Suarez guilty of making racist comments towards Evra during a match last October.

Suarez, who received an eight-match ban for the incident, watched Saturday’s win from the stands. He is due to return to action on 11 February when Liverpool play Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.

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