Police have arrested a 50 year-old children’s football coach on suspicion of posting racist abuse at England star Marcus Rashford.
Nick Scott, of Powick, near Worcester, is accused of tweeting the Manchester-born forward to ‘get to ya own country’ following England’s Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy at Wembley on Sunday night.
West Mercia Police confirmed he had been detained on suspicion of inciting racial hatred following reports of an inappropriate tweet.
He has since been released under investigation.
A youth football coach ffs https://t.co/tEF0iasZn7— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) July 13, 2021
Commenting on the inquiry, Inspector Pete Nightingale, from Worcester police station, said: ‘We encourage people to make these reports and are pleased with the speed at which we have been able to deal with this incident.
‘We continue to work with the local football community and have links with the local clubs to ensure that this behaviour is dealt with appropriately.’
It comes after a tweet from Scott’s Twitter account Scottywwfc was directed at England star Rashford minutes after he missed a penalty in the shoot-out defeat to Italy on Sunday night.
The tweet which was directed at the star, who last year was awarded an MBE for his anti-poverty campaigning, said: “Marcus Rashford that MBE needs burning ya fake. Pack them bags and get to ya own country.”
However Scott previously denied tweeting the message, telling Sun Online: “I didn’t send it mate – I’ve been hacked. I didn’t post it.
“The first I learned about it was this morning when I woke up. I’m seeing my solicitor in the morning. I don’t know who hacked me.”