Man charged with racist abuse aimed at Newcastle United

Man charged over alleged racist abuse aimed at Newcastle over number of black players

Police have charged a man with posting racist abuse on a social networking site directed at Newcastle United.

Northumbria Police said Peter Copeland, 29, from West Rainton, Durham, is due to appear before Sunderland Magistrates Court on Monday February 6.

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A police spokesman said Copeland had been charged with two offences in connection with the Malicious Communications Act.

The abuse, posted as the Magpies prepared to unveil their new signing, Senegalese striker Papiss Demba Cisse, is alleged to have focused on the number of black players the club has in its squad.