Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Man Arrested after Racist Comment Made on Facebook; United Striker Said to Have Been Targeted

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Man Arrested after Racist Comment Made on Facebook; United Striker Said to Have Been Targeted

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Byline: Lisa Hutchinson ? 0191 201 6493 ? lisa.hutchinson@ncjmedia.co.uk

AMAN has been arrested by police after he allegedly posted a racist comment on Facebook about a North East footballer. Officers held the Washington man after an offensive comment was spotted.

The 43-year-old man has been questioned on suspicion of racial harassment and has been bailed until November 28.

It is believed the remark was made about Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi.

Northumbria Police said the post has now been removed.

The incident comes ahead of the Wear-Tyne derby between Newcastle and Sunderland tomorrow.

It is the second time this year that Ameobi has suffered alleged racist abuse on the social networking site after police were contacted in February.

His younger brother, Sammy, was also the victim of racism last year when he was abused on Twitter by two teenagers who eventually received warnings from the police.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "A Washington man has been arrested after a racist comment was posted on Facebook.

"The comment, directed at one of the region's professional football players, has been removed.

"A 43-year-old man was arrested overnight on suspicion of racial harassment and has been bailed until November 28."

It follows a case last month when a 27-year-old Newcastle man was questioned and cautioned over abusive Twitter messages to a Premier League referee.

Mark Halsey, 51, made a complaint to police in his home town of Bolton about posts sent after his handling of Liverpool's home league defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.

Mr Halsey sent off Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey in the first half and awarded their opponents a late penalty which secured three points for Man Utd in the 2-1 victory.

It was understood several messages referred in derogatory terms to Mr Halsey's recent battle against throat cancer. …

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