Teenager charged with racially abusing footballer online

A teenager has been charged with racially abusing footballer Tyreik Wright on social media following an investigation by our dedicated hate crime officer.

The 17-year-old boy is accused of sending an offensive message to the Aston Villa player on Instagram while he was on loan at Walsall in February.

He has been charged under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Thursday 7 October. The teenager, from the north east, legally can't be named due to his age.

Enquiries have been led by PC Stuart Ward who is the UK's first dedicated hate crime officer within a football unit.

He is at the forefront of our unit’s ongoing work to stamp out any abuse against footballers and fans.

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