‘I do apologise, I’m actually a married man with kids, but City fans just rub me up the wrong way’
A ‘married man with kids’ who went on a racist, foul-mouthed rant on the tram on derby day faces Christmas behind bars.
Video footage of Ryan John Healey shouting that Manchester City is a ‘tiny club with a tiny stadium, run by p**i’s with p***i money’ was shared widely on social media at the weekend.
The clip was taken by a passenger on a tram travelling on the Bury Metrolink line at 5.45pm on Saturday (December 7), shortly after the game kicked off at the Etihad Stadium.
In the video, Healey, 29, can be heard shouting ’20 times… 20′ – a reference to how many times Manchester United have won the top-flight title.
He is later heard saying: “I do apologise, I’m actually a married man with kids, but City fans just rub me up the wrong way.
“With their s**t stadium and s**t fans.”
In the footage, passengers can be heard repeatedly asking Healey to be quiet.
One is heard telling him ‘you’re a racist’ and ‘you’re disgusting’.
Healey then appears to say: “Nah, it’s run by p**i money.
“You like blowing up the arena do you? That’s what funds you.”
He later adds: “We’ve got more class in the Stretford End than the entire s*******e you can’t fill.
“You’re a f*****g embarrassment to Manchester. You haven’t even got any points to back it up.
“If this was a Salford tram with United fans, you’d have got f****** leathered by now.
“All the tourists on here can take your shopping bags, take your f******g empty seats and f*** off.”
The game, which kicked off at 5.30pm, ended in a 2-1 win for United.
Healey, of Porchester Drive, Radcliffe, Bury, appeared at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (December 12).
He pleaded guilty to a racially-aggravated public order offence and was sentenced to five weeks in prison and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £122.
An application was also made for a Criminal Behaviour Order and Football Banning Order. The court will deal with those matters on January 24.
Chief Inspector Matt Bailey-Smith, of GMP’s Transport Unit, said: “We do not tolerate any form of racism or hate crime and will deal with incidents like this accordingly.”
Healey’s arrest was one of a handful by the force’s new, dedicated transport team.
Chf Insp Bailey-Smith added: “One of the aims of the Transport Unit is to improve public confidence and reduce criminality and anti-social behaviour across the transport systems of Greater Manchester.
“These results prove that even within the first month of being established, the unit are already making a huge impact in improving safety and increasing confidence to those who use public transport.
“The unit works in partnership with local authorities and TfGM to ensure an effective and proactive police presence that can provide a response function to deal with ongoing crimes and incidents affecting public transport.
“My officers are there to keep the public safe, so if you are concerned about anyone acting suspiciously or you require help, don’t be afraid of approaching them.”