Romaine Sawyers: Arrest over racist abuse of West Brom player

Romaine Sawyers: Arrest over racist abuse of West Brom player

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image captionWest Bromwich Albion said the message was sent to Romaine Sawyers during their defeat to Manchester City

A man has been arrested after a racist message was sent to West Bromwich Albion midfielder Romaine Sawyers.

West Brom said the “abhorrent message” was sent to Sawyers on social media during their loss to Manchester City.

A 49-year-old man, from Kingswinford near Dudley, has been arrested on suspicion of racially abusing the player, West Midlands Police said.

The force said it was also investigating another report of a racist comment towards Sawyers.

On Friday, West Brom said the club would “offer Romaine the relevant support required at this time and continues with its long-standing commitment to help rid football of racism”.

Manager Sam Allardyce also said Sawyers was “extremely upset, as anybody would be”.

On Monday, the UK government held talks with current and former footballers about tackling discrimination and abuse.

The government plans to introduce new laws on online abuse this year and the Premier League has launched its own online abuse reporting system.

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