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Man arrested over Twitter racism against Newcastle United

Published 18/01/2012 | 13:05

A MAN has been arrested in connection with racist abuse on Twitter directed at Newcastle United Football Club.

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The 29-year-old is being questioned after police received a flurry of complaints over comments made on the social networking site last night.

The abuse, posted as Newcastle prepared to unveil their new signing, Senegalese striker Papiss Demba Cisse, is alleged to have focused on the number of black players the club has in its squad.

Newcastle United has condemned the comments.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: ''We have received a report of racist comments made on Twitter.

''Northumbria Police takes all reports of racist abuse very seriously and inquiries are being conducted.

''A 29-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and is currently in custody.''

Louis Saha, the French striker who plays for Everton, Rangers players Maurice Edu and Kyle Bartley and Inverness Gregory Tade have were all reported as being victims of racist tweets this month.

Saha was was told 'go back to France ya f****** n*****' after the account of a fan was allegedly accessed without permission.

Saha, 33, retweeted the message, adding: "Don't attached (sic) urself with the club. U disgrace."

It came to light on the day politicians called for an inquiry into racism in football.

Rangers' Kyle Bartley, who is on loan from Arsenal, and Maurice Edu, were alleged to have been targeted by Michael Convery, 41, from Glasgow, who was charged with making racist remarks on the social networking site and has since been bailed.

Bartley tweeted in response: "Disappointing that in 2012 things like this are still happening.”

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