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Romaine Sawyers: Man charged over online racial abuse of West Bromwich Albion footballer

A man has been charged after West Bromwich Albion footballer Romaine Sawyers was racially abused online.

Simon Silwood is accused of sending an offensive message to the 29-year-old midfielder via social media in January, West Midlands Police said.

It is alleged to have been sent following Albion’s 5-0 defeat to Manchester City.

The investigation has been carried out by PC Stuart Ward, the first dedicated hate crime officer within a football policing unit.

Silwood, 49, from Kingswinford, near Dudley, is due before the town’s magistrates’ court on 29 April.

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