Thursday 19 July 2018

Manchester United fans caught singing racist song about Shinji Kawaga and Pearl Harbour

Shinji Kagawa of Manchester United in action during an open training session as part of their pre-season tour of the United States at Sunlife Stadium on August 3, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)
Shinji Kagawa of Manchester United in action during an open training session as part of their pre-season tour of the United States at Sunlife Stadium on August 3, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

Jack de Menezes

Manchester United fans have been captured singing a racist chant before last Saturday’s Premier League match with Brighton and Hove Albion, in which they are heard to sing about former United player, Shinji Kagawa, and make reference to the bombing of Pearl Harbour during the Second World War.

The incident is the second time this season that United supporters have been involved in a racially abusive or racial stereotyping chant, following the song about Romelu Lukaku that the club asked supporters not to sing earlier this season due to a reference about the size of his penis.

This latest chant, which was caught on a camera phone and posted to social media, appears to have taken place at The Tollgate Pub near Old Trafford.

A large number of fans are heard to sing: “His name is Shinji, Shinji, Shinji! His second name’s Kagawa, Kagawa, Kagawa! He’s Carrick midfield partner, partner, partner! His grandad bombed Pearl Harbour, Pearl Harbour, Pearl Harbour!”

Kagawa played for United from 2012 until 2014, making 57 appearances and scoring six goals before returning to Borussia Dortmund after failing to settle in the Premier League under managers Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes.

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