Man charged over online racial abuse of West Brom’s Romaine Sawyers

A 49-year-old man has been charged with racially abusing the West Brom footballer Romaine Sawyers online.

West Midlands Police said Simon Silwood is alleged to have sent an offensive message to Sawyers via social media in January. The charge comes after an investigation carried out by PC Stuart Ward, the first dedicated hate crime officer within a football policing unit.

The suspect, from Kingswinford, near Dudley, has been charged under the Communications Act. He will appear at Dudley magistrates’ court on 29 April, the force said.

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