An arrest has been made after racist messages were sent to Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha ahead on Sunday’s game against Aston Villa.
Zaha posted screenshots of the racist messages he had received to his social media accounts on the morning of the match.
The abuser addressed Zaha as a “black c*nt” and threatened to come to his house dressed as a ghost if he scores against Aston Villa.
According to the West Midlands Police, they have arrested a 12-year-old boy in relation to the incident.
The West Midlands Police indicated that the arrest was made after they looked into the incident and conducted checks.
“We were alerted to a series of racist messages sent to a footballer today and after looking into them and conducting checks, we have arrested a boy. The 12-year-old from Solihull has been taken to custody. Thanks to everyone who raised it. Racism won’t be tolerated,” the West Midlands Police stated on Twitter.
Crystal Palace and Aston Villa have condemned the racist messages that were sent to Zaha.
The incident comes as anti-racism protests have been across the world following the death of George Floyd.
The Premier League has also embraced the Black Lives Matter movement as players take the knee before kick-off of every game.
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