Irish police are investigating claims that a banana was thrown at Gael Clichy during Manchester City's 4-0 friendly win at Limerick on Sunday.
A police probe is to be launched into Sunday's incident during Manchester City's friendly showdown at Limerick FC.
After his side’s 4-0 win at Thomond Park, an angry Clichy vented his frustration on micro-blogging site Twitter.
He said: 'How sad to see "bananas thrown on the pitch" tonight... Knowing people around the world need food. #nowordsforthis.'
The glamour friendly with the Premier League champions was a major coup for the First Division side.
More than 20,000 fans turning up to see some major stars of world soccer. But the incident involving French international left-back Clichy blighted the tie. Limerick FC has pledged to identify the person involved.
In a statement, the club said: 'Limerick FC officials met with Thomond Park officials and local gardaí this afternoon, to continue attempts to identify a person that threw an offensive object onto the playing field during the friendly game on Sunday night, August 5.
'An incident of this nature is completely unacceptable and is fully condemned by Limerick FC and Thomond Park.
'CCTV footage is still being analysed and when the offending party is identified appropriate action will be taken.
'It is deeply upsetting that the actions of one individual have soured the experience for all those in attendance.'
An official Garda investigation has not yet begun as they require someone to make a formal complaint before they can open a probe.
However, sources claim gardaí are confident of identifying the person involved and that Limerick FC will then submit a formal complaint if the culprit's identity is revealed.
Last night, a spokesman for Manchester City said that they did not want to comment on the incident.
The club has also not made an official complaint, nor has Clichy. However, a source within the club said that they were satisfied with how Limerick FC was dealing with the matter.
Ged Grebby, chief executive of Show Racism the Red Card, was both surprised and disappointed to hear of the allegations.
He said: 'The fact it's coming in in friendly games is worrying, and in different countries.
'Ireland actually has a good reputation. We have a Show Racism the Red Card campaign in Ireland which does a lot of good work, and it's similar in Holland.
'The Dutch and Irish fans have good very good reputations, and they kept those reputations intact throughout the Euros, so these incidents are quite surprising.'
Show Racism the Red card calls for bans of three to five years for spectators found guilty of racially-motivated offences
The source said: 'We have every confidence that they will take the right steps. They've been excellent in the way they've handled it.'
Yesterday, there was fury in the city at the incident and that negative publicity had made headlines across the world.
Former mayor of Limerick, Joe Leddin, said: 'I'm disappointed. It's very regretful but I’d like to think, if it's true, it's a one-off. I don't recall any incident like it before.
'It leaves a sour taste in the mouth of the player and probably the Manchester City team.' Sunday's match was expected to generate €6million for the mid-west economy.
Source: Daily Mail