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Football: Police charge man over racial abuse of West Brom's Sawyers

Football: Police charge man over racial abuse of West Brom's Sawyers

West Bromwich Albion's Romaine Sawyers in action during his side's Premier League match against Leeds United at The Hawthorns in West Bromwich, Britain, on Dec 29, 2020. (File photo: Reuters/Dave Rogers, Pool)

BIRMINGHAM: West Midlands Police have charged a 49-year-old man with racially abusing West Bromwich Albion's Romaine Sawyers on social media in January.

Numerous Premier League players have been subjected to racial abuse online in recent months, and English football has been piling pressure on social media companies to do more to tackle the issue.

Instagram has announced measures, and Twitter has said it will continue its efforts after taking action on more than 700 cases of abuse related to football in Britain in 2019.

Sawyers was targeted after West Brom's 5-0 Premier League home defeat by Manchester City on Jan 26.

"Simon Silwood is accused of sending an offensive message to the footballer via social media in January of this year," West Midlands Police said in a statement.

"The 49-year-old from Kingswinford has been charged under the Communications Act to appear before Dudley Magistrates Court on Apr 29."

Source: Reuters/kg

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