Boy reprimanded for racist tweet to Pompey star

RACIALLY ABUSED Izale McLeod in action for Pompey. Picture: Allan Hutchings (123833-431)
RACIALLY ABUSED Izale McLeod in action for Pompey. Picture: Allan Hutchings (123833-431)

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A 15-YEAR-OLD boy who admitted racially abusing Pompey player Izale McLeod on Twitter has been reprimanded by police.

The teenager – who cannot be named – was arrested the day after posting a vile tweet directed at the striker on the social networking website last month.

Now he has been given a final warning by officers.

Police say the step was taken due to his age and the nature of the offence.

Officers say the teenager has apologised for his actions.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘The boy was identified after coming forward to admit he was responsible for the abuse.

‘He knows his remarks towards the player on Twitter were offensive, and has apologised.

‘Racially aggravated abuse is never tolerated by the police force, which is committed to challenging prejudice in our community and changing the attitude of anyone of any age who thinks they can get away with this kind of disgraceful and disrespectful behaviour.

‘Police would like to thank Portsmouth Football Club and the player for their co-operation.’

The message, directed at McLeod, 28, sparked fury among Pompey fans who took to Twitter to unleash their fury at the teenager’s remarks.

Portsmouth Football Club reported the offensive tweet to police.

The message was removed from Twitter the same day it was posted.

The teenager later backtracked, posting on the website: ‘I deeply apologise for the comment I made about McLeod. I was just frustrated. I didn’t know what I was doing.’

The original rant was tweeted to the club’s official account on November 20 as Pompey lost 3-2 at home to Leyton Orient.

It is the latest in a string of arrests sparked by offensive tweets.

As reported in The News, Andover magistrates ordered Andrew Smith to carry out 40 hours of unpaid work in the next year after he pleaded guilty to posting a tweet racially abusing ex-Pompey player Tal Ben Haim.

Smith, 33, from Berry Way, Andover, was also ordered to pay £85 in court costs as part of his punishment for posting the offensive message on Twitter on August 6.