Law student Josh Cryer has been charged over the alleged racist abuse of ex-Premiership footballer Stan Collymore.
The 21-year-old captain of Intra Mural side Barca-Law-Na and Jesmond resident is set to appear before Newcastle Magistrates on January 23, a Northumbria Police spokesman said.
Cryer was arrested in the early hours of this morning after Staffordshire police informed Northumbria police of the allegation.
The Talksport radio-station confirmed that a Twitter user sent two racist messages to the ex-footballer and radio presenter. The first read: “@Stan Collymore has anyone ever called you Stan Cooneymore #bellend.” and the second: “@StanCollymore has anyone ever referred to you as semi pro as in a semi pro coon #neitherwhitenorblack.”
The Twitter user’s account has been removed from the site, while a plethora of tweets have expressed support to the ex-Liverpool and Nottingham Forest striker, condemning the racist comments and even highlighting the personal details of the user.
The incident comes at a time when English football is having to deal with an unprecedented and worrying number of racially-aggravated incidents. Only last week Liverpool forward Luis Suarez’s eight match ban for comments towards Patrice Evra, while Liverpool have also opened up their own investigation in relation to alleged racist abuse received by young Oldham defender Tom Adeyemi after Friday’s FA Cup tie at Anfield.