Danny Welbeck racism: 15-year-old boy held over tweet targeting Arsenal striker

The tweet followed Welbeck scoring against his former side Manchester United in the FA Cup

Monday 16 March 2015 17:30
Danny Welbeck celebrates after making it 2-1
Danny Welbeck celebrates after making it 2-1

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested by police investigating an alleged racist tweet aimed at Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck.

The teenager was held and questioned on suspicion of racial abuse following the posting of a message on Twitter after Welbeck scored the winner to knock his former club Manchester United out of the FA Cup on March 9.

A Wiltshire Police spokesman said: "A 15-year-old male from the Salisbury area was arrested on the evening of March 12 on suspicion of racial abuse.

"He has been released on police bail until April 13. The investigation is ongoing."

Welbeck, who has been capped by England 32 times and scored 12 goals, joined Arsenal for £16 million last year following the arrival of new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal.

The Manchester-born striker spent six seasons at Old Trafford after coming through the club's youth system.