Tyne & Wear

Stan Collymore Twitter race abuse accused denies charge

Stan Collymore
Image caption Stan Collymore played for a string of clubs including Liverpool, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest

A 21-year-old law student has denied racially abusing former Liverpool, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest footballer Stan Collymore on Twitter.

Joshua Cryer, of Jesmond, appeared before Newcastle magistrates to face a public order charge after a complaint from the radio pundit.

Mr Cryer, a Newcastle University student, denied sending messages in January that were "grossly offensive".

Magistrates adjourned the case for a further hearing on 2 April.

Mr Cryer, originally from Burnley, was arrested last month after the 40-year-old former England striker reported the incident to Staffordshire Police, who in turn passed the matter on to Northumbria officers.

Mr Collymore, originally from Cannock, Staffordshire, played for a string of top clubs and now works as a broadcaster for Talksport.

He campaigns against racism and is a supporter of the charity Depression Alliance.

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