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Teenager accused of racially abusing Aston Villa footballer

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A teenager has been accused of racially abusing Aston Villa footballer Tyreik Wright on social media.

West Midlands Police said the 17-year-old was accused of sending an offensive message to the Ireland Under-21 international on Instagram, while the player was on loan at Walsall in February.

Wright, 20, is currently on loan at Salford City.

Tyreik Wright in action against the Netherlands for the Republic of Ireland (Mike Egerton / PA)

The youngster was charged under section 127 of the 2003 Communications Act, to appear in Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, October 7.

The teenager, originally from the North East, cannot be identified because of his age.

West Midlands Police said their investigations were led by Constable Stuart Ward, who is the UK’s first dedicated hate crimes officer in a football unit.

Nathan Miebai, Crown Prosecution Service, said: “A 17-year-old has been accused of abusing footballer Tyreik Wright’s race online.

“The CPS made the decision to charge the youth after reviewing an evidence file from the West Midlands Police.”

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