Police have arrested a teenager alleged to have racially abused Newcastle United player Danny Simpson on Twitter.
The 18-year-old from North Shields was arrested and has been bailed following an alleged derogatory Tweet sent to the player which referred to the colour of his skin and said "you need to break a leg or three".
The Twitter user has now deleted the account but not before hundreds of fans rounded on the alleged abuser, recording the message and telling them police would be informed.
Simpson, 25, branded the Tweet as 'pathetic' on his Twitter account.
A Newcastle United spokesman said: "Newcastle United are aware of the disgusting racist remarks directed towards Danny Simpson last night.
"The club will not tolerate racism of any kind and will take the strongest possible action against those responsible."
In March the player temporarily left Twitter after being abused following Newcastle's defeat by Arsenal.
Users blamed him for the team conceding Thomas Vermaelan's 95th-minute goal and told him to leave the club. One comment also said he should be shot.
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