August 26, 2012 / 2:31 PM / 5 years ago

Man arrested over racist tweets to West Ham's Cole

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West Ham United's Carlton Cole celebrates scoring during their FA Cup soccer match against Burnley at Upton Park in London February 21, 2011.Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - A man has been arrested in connection with racist Twitter messages sent to West Ham United footballer Carlton Cole, Essex Police confirmed on Sunday.

The 22-year-old man from Southend, Essex, wrote two posts on Saturday following West Ham's 3-0 Premier League defeat at Swansea City.

The tweets questioned Cole's performance and used a racist term to describe him. The 28-year-old forward retweeted the comments from his @CarltonCole1 account.

Essex Police said on their own Twitter account: "Police have arrested a 22 year old from Southend following tweets to @carltoncole1. Investigation ongoing."

An Essex police spokeswoman told Reuters: "The man has been arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence following tweets sent to Carlton Cole."

Reporting by Tim Hart, Editing by Mike Collett

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