Tyne & Wear

Arrest in Demba Ba race abuse probe

Demba Ba
Image caption Ba signed for Chelsea earlier this month

A man has been arrested after allegedly racially abusing Premier League striker Demba Ba on Facebook.

A 39-year-old man from Gateshead was detained on suspicion of posting the offensive remarks about the former Newcastle United player.

Police said he was arrested on suspicion of racially-aggravated harassment and later bailed.

Ba, who signed for Chelsea earlier this month, is due to return to Tyneside at the weekend to face Newcastle United.

The post, on a football forum allegedly included swear words aimed at Ba, a devout Muslim, and has now been removed.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "Police received a complaint about an offensive message posted on Facebook earlier this month.

"A 39-year-old Gateshead man has been arrested on suspicion of racially-aggravated harassment and has been bailed pending further inquiries."

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