Man held over allegations of racial abuse aimed at West Ham striker Carlton Cole on Twitter
Sunday 26 August 2012
A 22-year-old man was arrested today in connection with racist twitter messages aimed at West Ham striker Carlton Cole, police said.
The man, from Southend in Essex, was arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence, the county's force said.
The footballer highlighted the messages on the social networking site, which he received following his side's defeat at Swansea yesterday.
The 28-year-old player was targeted by the supposed Hammers' fan in two foul-mouthed postings after the side lost 3-0 in south Wales.
The comments, which the player retweeted from his CarltonCole1 account, questioned his performance and used a racist term to describe him.
An Essex Police spokeswoman said: "Police have arrested a 22-year-old man from Southend on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence following tweets sent to Carltoncole1 (West Ham player Carlton Cole) on Saturday, August 25.
"Investigations are ongoing."
Following the postings Cole took to the social networking site himself to criticise his aggressor.
He said: "Listen, I take racism a lot lighter than others and I do understand the banter that comes along with it to get under people's skin, but it can sometimes be hurtful and insulting.
"I don't mind when people criticise me for having a bad game or they think I'm crap at football but just say that.
"Whether I am crap or had a bad game has nothing to with my race, creed or religion. lets just keep it FOOTBALL. Kapeesh?"
Fellow West Ham players Matt Jarvis, Kevin Nolan, and Guy Demel were also subjected to abuse.
Daily Telegraph football correspondent Henry Winter called for police to investigate the racist rant.
He posted on his Twitter account: "I hope the police take action over the racist abuse aimed at CarltonCole1 on twitter tonight."
In 2009 Cole was also the subject of racist abuse when Millwall fans at Upton Park aimed monkey chants at him during a Carling Cup clash.
Saudi Arabia mosque bombing: Two volunteer security guards hailed as heroes for stopping Isis suicide bomber reaching worshippers
Maisie Williams has an excellent message for one confused fan
Archaeologists discover 2,400-year-old gold bongs in Russia
Tampon tax scrapped in Canada after petition convinces conservative government
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after British tourists complain of 'awkward' holidays
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
EU referendum: David Cameron to deny EU migrants and under-18s the chance to vote
- 2 Maisie Williams has an excellent message for one confused fan
- 3 There is something wrong but very right about this Bible illustration
- 5 Tampon tax scrapped in Canada after petition convinces conservative government