Man arrested over racist tweets sent to football players
A 25-year-old man was in police custody today after being arrested on suspicion of sending racist tweets to two Northampton Town footballers.
Gloucestershire Police said the man, from Cheltenham, was arrested under the Malicious Communications Act last night.
He was subsequently also arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence of intentionally causing harassment, alarm or distress, a force spokesperson said.
A joint investigation between Gloucestershire Police and Northamptonshire Police was launched yesterday following allegations of racist tweets towards Adebayo Akinfenwa and Clarke Carlisle, who is also chairman of the Professional Footballers Association.
The suspect remains in police custody in Cheltenham pending further inquiries, the force spokesman said.
A spokesman for Northampton Town said: "We became aware of some tweets that had been sent to our players on Wednesday evening and we immediately notified the police.
"As this is a live investigation it would be inappropriate for us to comment further."
It comes after Northampton beat Cheltenham 1-0 last weekend to book a spot in the League Two play-off final later this month.
The Cobblers, who were 1-0 up from the first leg, will play Bradford City at the final at Wembley on May 18.
Gloucestershire Police later confirmed the man had been released on bail pending further inquiries.
He is to answer bail on May 22 at Cheltenham police station, a force spokeswoman added.