UK: Boy, 12, Arrested over “Racist” Messages Sent to Negro Player
A 12-year-old boy has been arrested over "racist" messages sent to the African negroid footballer Wilfried Zaha.
Zaha, who plays for Crystal Palace and the Ivory Coast, shared screenshots of the Instagram messages on Sunday morning - hours before Palace's game against Aston Villa at Villa Park.
He shared them on his Twitter page, with the caption: "Woke up to this today."
West Midlands Police that afternoon confirmed a 12-year-old boy from Solihull has been arrested in connection with the incident.
"Thanks to everyone who raised it. Racism won't be tolerated," a spokesman said on Twitter.
Crystal Palace's manager Roy Hodgson said he fully supports the negroid's decision to go public about the "abuse" and added that both clubs are looking to identify the person responsible.
He said: "It is very saddening on the day of a game that a player wakes up to this cowardly and despicable abuse. I think it is right that Wilf made people aware of it; I don't think it is something he should keep quiet about. There is literally no excuse; there is no excuse at all."
A Premier League spokesman added on Twitter: "This behaviour is completely unacceptable and the Premier League stands alongside @wilfriedzaha in opposing this, and discrimination in any form.
"There is #NoRoomForRacism, anywhere. We will continue to support players, managers, coaches and their family members who receive serious discriminatory online abuse."
Anti-White campaign group Kick It Out added their support, tweeting: "We are extremely disappointed that Wilf Zaha has once again been the subject of targeted racial abuse. Those who continue to select professional sports people in this way, need to be brought to justice and face the strongest consequences."