London, Aug 7 : Manchester City defender Gael Clichy has claimed on Twitter that a banana was thrown on the pitch during his club's pre-season friendly win in Limerick on Sunday. Irish police is investigating the matter.
City did not make a formal complaint about the incident, but CCTV coverage from the game is being reviewed.
Gardai, which is the police force of the Republic of Ireland, liaised with stadium officials to study camera footage in an attempt to identify a spectator who is alleged to have thrown the object during the Premier League champions'
4-0 victory at Thomond Park.
"How sad to see bananas thrown on the pitch.. knowing people around the world need food," The Telegraph quoted Clichy's tweet, as saying.
Meanwhile, 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," the statement added. (ANI)