The controversial incident earlier this week involving Eyal Berkovic in which he was seen making an insulting gesture toward a Manchester City supporter during the 3-2 Worthington Cup win over Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday has been played down in the city.
While a Manchester City official said that the incident was being investigated, last night it looked as if no action would be taken, as no spectator had come forward to make a complaint against the volatile Israeli.
Berkovic was pictured in the Sun daily yesterday, in a close-up picture as he pointed toward his throat, making a gesture as if he was slitting it.
As the referee's report also did not include any mention of the incident, no FA investigation or police inquiry appears likely.
The Sun described the course of events during the early stages of the match in which Berkovic lay on the ground in the area, protesting the fact that the referee had not awarded a penalty after he had been fouled.
As he sat there complaining, the report said that a spectator shouted to him "get up, you're a professional." This led Berkovic to walk toward the supporter and make his threatening gesture.
While reports here yesterday claimed that there had been racial abuse against Berkovic, Chris Bailey of the Manchester Evening News said that there was no evidence to support this allegation.
"As far as we know there were no anti-Semitic comments against Berkovic," Bailey said. "City was playing badly and was 1-0 down before Eyal was fouled and he was angry that he was not awarded a penalty. Somebody shouted at him `get up, you're a professional' and he was incensed, which is why he made that gesture toward the supporter," the reporter continued.
The Sun, which played up the story, appealed for the supporter who was threatened or any witnesses to come forward as it described the incident in detail under the headline "You're vile Eyal."
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