Tyne & Wear

Arrest over 'racist tweet' at footballer Danny Simpson

Danny Simpson claims he was targeted on Twitter
Image caption Danny Simpson claims he was targeted on Twitter

A man has been arrested after a Premier League footballer was allegedly subjected to racist abuse on Twitter.

Newcastle United defender Danny Simpson claims he was targeted on the social networking site on Monday.

Northumbria Police arrested and bailed an 18-year-old man on suspicion of malicious communications.

A Newcastle United spokeswoman said the club would not tolerate racism "and will take the strongest possible action against those responsible".

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