Tyne & Wear

Stan Collymore in Twitter racial abuse claim: Man charged

Stan Collymore
Image caption Stan Collymore played for a string of clubs including Liverpool, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest

A 21-year-old man has been charged with racially abusing ex-footballer Stan Collymore on Twitter.

Police said Joshua Cryer, of Jesmond, Newcastle, was charged with "a Section Five racial public order offence and a Section Five public order offence".

Collymore had contacted Staffordshire Police who passed on the complaint to Northumbria Police.

The 40-year-old, originally from Cannock, Staffordshire, played for a string of top clubs in his career.

He now works as a broadcaster for talkSPORT.

Northumbria Police said Mr Cryer would appear before Newcastle magistrates on 23 January.

The force began an investigation in the early hours of Saturday after receiving a complaint of racist comments that had been made on Twitter.

Collymore campaigns against racism and is a supporter of the charity Depression Alliance.

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