Man, 22, arrested over ‘online racist abuse’ of Middlesbrough ace Yannick Bolasie

A MAN in Scotland has been arrested over alleged online abuse of Middlesbrough star Yannick Bolasie.

Police Scotland and Cleveland Police confirmed earlier this month that they were investigating the alleged incident.

Now cops north of the border have confirmed that a man, 22, has been nicked in Fife.

He has been charged over alleged racially aggravated comment online.

Detectives say that he now due to appear in court in Fife later on Wednesday.

A spokesperson for the force said: "A 22-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with a racially aggravated comment posted online.

"He is expected to appear at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court on Wednesday, 17 March, 2021."

It comes after Middlesbrough condemned ‘vile and unacceptable’ racist abuse directed at Bolasie and demanded that ‘it cannot be allowed to continue’.

The on-loan Everton winger shared a screenshot of a disgusting message he received on Instagram.

The 31-year-old captioned it with: “Something seriously wrong with people…Keyboard warriors. Still yet to meet a person who had this energy when they saw me.”

A Boro statement read: “The racial abuse directed to Yannick Bolasie on social media is vile and unacceptable, and demonstrates exactly why more has to be done to identify the perpetrators of such comments and to bring them to justice.

“The matter has been reported to the relevant authorities by both Yannick and ourselves and he has our full support.

“It is of great concern to the club that we are witnessing behaviour of this type and it cannot be allowed to continue.

“As our players said when responding to the debate on taking the knee we now need to see demonstrable actions from those who have the power to implement them rather than further gestures. Actions must speak louder than words.

“We repeat that we will not tolerate abuse of any form and any individuals who are identified to us will not only face the prospect of criminal charges but will also be banned from the Riverside Stadium.

“The MFC family stands together as one to unite against all forms of discrimination.”

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