Football: Manchester United pouring over CCTV footage in bid to identify perpetrators of Romelu Lukaku chant

Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku celebrates his teams win after the English Premier League soccer match between Southampton FC and Manchester United at Saint Mary's Stadium in Southampton, on Sept 23, 2017.
Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku celebrates his teams win after the English Premier League soccer match between Southampton FC and Manchester United at Saint Mary's Stadium in Southampton, on Sept 23, 2017.PHOTO: EPA

(REUTERS) - Manchester United have asked for CCTV (closed-circuit television) footage to help identify fans who ignored pleas not to chant a controversial song about Romelu Lukaku in the club's 1-0 win at Southampton on Saturday.

United and Lukaku both requested supporters to refrain from repeating the chant after it was described last week as "racist" by anti-discrimination body Kick It Out.

But the song was again heard from some sections of United's away support along with another chant of: "We're Manchester United, we'll sing what we want".

After the game, United released a statement saying they would seek out supporters who "disrespected" Lukaku's request not to sing the song.

"Manchester United has a zero-tolerance stance on offensive chanting and behaviour," the club said.

"The club and player have been clear in asking for an end to the chant.

"The club is in discussion with the police and has asked for CCTV footage from Southampton and will try to identify those who disrespected the player's wishes not to sing the song."