A boy in the United Kingdom was arrested Sunday for allegedly sending racist messages to a Premier League soccer player.
The boy, a 12-year-old whose name is being withheld due to his age, reportedly used twitter to send racist messages to Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha.
After Zaha told police about the situation, West Midlands Police reported via social media it would investigate the incident and followed up with an arrest within a few hours.
"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," read a police statement. “The 12-year-old from Solihull has been taken to custody. Thanks to everyone who raised it. Racism won't be tolerated."
Zaha shared the messages on Twitter, which included threats, images of the KKK and photoshopped images all replete with racial slurs.
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson appreciated his player went public regarding the abuse.
"It is very saddening on the day of a game that a player wakes up to this cowardly and despicable abuse," Hodgson said. "I think it is right that Wilf made people aware of it; I don't think it is something he should keep quiet about.”
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