This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.
Dublin: 15 °C Thursday 2 July, 2020

Teenagers arrested over racist tweet sent to Newcastle star

Sammy Ameobi is the latest player to have suffered racist abuse – an issue that has dominated the football headlines of late.

Sammy Ameobi is the younger brother of Newcastle striker Shola.
Sammy Ameobi is the younger brother of Newcastle striker Shola.

TWO TEENAGERS IN Britain have been arrested in connection with racist abuse sent to Sammy Ameobi’s Twitter account.

The Newcastle player, whose brother Shola also plays with the club, retweeted the abuse he received, in which he was called a ‘n****r’ by an account with the username @JonnnnyPhipps.

Both Ameobi and Newcastle reported the incident to the police, while the account has since been closed down.

A police spokesperson confirmed that arrests had been made, saying:

“On Wednesday November 2 Northumbria Police arrested two young men, both aged 17, on suspicion of malicious communication.”

Racism in football has been a much-discussed topic of late, after Chelsea defender John Terry allegedly aimed racist abuse at QPR’s Anton Ferdinand.

Shamrock Rovers’ Rohan Ricketts has also contributed to the debate, as he wrote about his experiences dealing with racism in a recent column.

For more information, read the Daily Mail>

Read: Back in green: Best called up to Irish squad, as West Brom rule out Long>

Read: ‘Sharp’ Robbie determined to be ready for Tallinn>

  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article

About the author:

Paul Fennessy

Read next: