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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 Score.ie column.

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