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Rio Ferdinand: Man charged with alleged racial abuse against former Manchester United and England player in Premier League match | UK News

A man has been accused of abusing former Manchester United and England footballer Rio Ferdinand, police said.

Jamie Arnold, 31, is accused of using racist words and gestures towards the TV specialist during a game between Wolves and United on May 23.

Arnold, of Stone, Staffordshire, was arrested during the match.

Rio Ferdinand arrives at Wembley for England's Euro 2020 round of 16 against Germany last month
Rio Ferdinand arriving at Wembley for the Euro 2020 round of 16 against Germany last month

The match was the first time fans have been allowed to return to Molineux – home to Wolves – in more than a year due to coronavirus restrictions.

Arnold has also been charged with making homophobic comments and will appear in Dudley Magistrates’ Court on July 29, West Midlands Police (WMP) said.

Ferdinand tweeted about the incident in the second half of the game, which United won 2-1, while Wolves said he was “deeply sorry” for what had happened.

The investigation was led by PC Stuart Ward, who was appointed the first British officer dedicated to hate crimes in a football unit, the force said.

PC Ward is at the forefront of efforts to eliminate abuse against footballers and fans, WMP added.

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This notice was published: 2021-07-16 16:24:00

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