Police informed after soccer player receives more racist tweets

For the second time this year, police are looking into racist tweets directed at Rangers defender Kyle Bartley. 


Kris Holt

Internet Culture

Published Apr 30, 2012   Updated Jun 2, 2021, 5:51 pm CDT

Racism continues to plague Twitter—especially in regards to European soccer players.

Rangers Football Club complained to police after player Kyle Bartley allegedly received racist abuse on the site. The offending tweets came after the 20-year-old defender’s team lost 3-0 to Celtic on Sunday.

“The club has tonight been made aware of racial abuse directed at one of our players,” Rangers said on its Twitter account. “We have reported this matter to the police

Back in January, a man was arrested for allegedly sending racist tweets to Bartley and his teammate Maurice Edu.

These latest tweets sent to Bartley follow a number of other incidents where soccer players were subjected to such messages. After Bolton Wanderers player Fabrice Muamba collapsed during a game, a student sent “vile and abhorrent” tweets that led to the student being jailed for 56 days—a sentence a European human rights official believed was too harsh.

Meanwhile, police in County Durham, England, launched an investigation after a tweet using racist and violent language were sent regarding Newcastle United player James Perch.

Maybe Twitter needs its own form of a red-card penalty.

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*First Published: Apr 30, 2012, 10:22 am CDT