A man was arrested after a racist message was sent to West Bromwich Albion midfielder Romaine Sawyers.
West Brom said the “disgusting news” was sent to Romaine Sawyers on social media when they lost to Manchester City.
A 49-year-old man from Kingswinford, near Dudley, was arrested on charges of racial abuse of the player, West Midlands police said.
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The force said they are also investigating another report of racist comments made against Sawyers.
West Brom said on Friday that the club “will provide Romaine with the support currently needed and will continue its long-standing commitment to rid football of racism”.
Director Sam Allardyce also said Sawyers was “extremely upset, like everyone else”.
On Monday, the UK government spoke with current and former players about fighting discrimination and abuse.
The government plans to introduce new online abuse laws this year, and the Premier League has their own online abuse reporting system in place.
A St. Kitts and Nevis national team player, 29-year-old Sawyers played for West Brom between 2009 and 2013 and moved to the club from Brentford in 2019.
He helped them win league promotion in 2019-20, made 42 league appearances and 18 Premier League appearances that season.