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Sammy Ameobi Twitter racist remark: Youths get warning

Sammy Ameobi
Image caption Sammy Ameobi reported the offensive tweet to police

Two boys who racially abused Newcastle United's Sammy Ameobi on Twitter have been given final warnings by police.

The 19-year-old forward and the club reported the matter to police when he was targeted after he tweeted a photo of a pair of black boots in November.

Two 17-year-olds were later arrested on suspicion of malicious communication offences.

They subsequently admitted involvement and have now accepted final warnings at a Northumbria Police youth surgery.

A final warning is the youth equivalent of a caution, given to those who admit they are guilty of a first-time minor offence.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said it had worked in consultation with Mr Ameobi and Newcastle United during the case.

'Firmly and robustly'

It was agreed that a final warning was the most appropriate course of action, given the previous good character of the two youths involved.

Wendy Williams, district crown prosecutor at CPS North East, said: "The CPS understands the serious nature of racist crime and the real and lasting effects it can have, not just on individuals and their families but also upon communities and society as a whole.

"Our policy is to prosecute racist and religious crime fairly, firmly and robustly.

"In deciding what constitutes 'fairness' for such cases, the views of the victim themselves are incredibly important."

A spokesman from the football club said: "Newcastle United are pleased to note the action taken against the two youths who directed racist remarks towards Sammy Ameobi on the social networking site Twitter.

"The club takes such matters extremely seriously."

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