Man arrested for making ‘racially offensive’ Twitter comments following Fabrice Muamba’s collapse

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A man has been arrested today after allegedly making racist remarks relating to the collapse of Premier League footballer Fabrice Muamba. The 21-year-old man fromPontypridd, south Wales aired his  disparaging views on Twitter in the wake of the midfielder’s tragedy.Muamba, 23, is fighting for his life in hospital after suffering a heart attack and collapsing during an FA Cup tie.

Horrified fans watched live on TV as the Bolton Wanderers midfielder fell to the ground during the quarter final away clash against Tottenham Hotspur. Thousands of well-wishers have expressed their sympathy since the tragic incident during yesterday’s early evening match.

Today a steady stream of fans visited the club’s Reebok Stadium home to place flowers, shirts and other tributes at the ground. Thousands more have left messages of support on a series of Get Well Soon Fabrice Muamba tribute pages set up on Facebook. Now it appears the wave of public sympathy for the player’s plight is not 100% unanimous.

South Wales Police released a statement today confirming the arrest of a man for making ‘racially offensive’ comments on Twitter. Officers would not confirm that critically ill Mr Muamba was the target of the alleged Twitter remarks. But the release of such a statement in itself can be seen as confirmation of a sort.

 Police forces throughout the UK regularly take action against those who use Twitter to express racially offensive remarks. The practice is so common that none feel the need to issue a public statement indicating it has happened.

South Wales Police have arrested a 21-year-old male from the Pontypridd area in connection with racially offensive comments made on the social network site Twitter,’ the statement reads.‘The male is currently being held in custody at Swansea Central Police Station.’

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