A 21-year-old man has been charged over the alleged racist abuse of former premier league star Stan Collymore on Twitter.
Joshua Cryer of Newcastle was charged on Saturday night with a ‘Section Five racial public order offence and a Section Five public order offence’.

Collymore made a formal complaint to police, which was investigated early Saturday morning, claiming that he was racially abused on Twitter.

One tweet read: “@StanCollymore has anyone ever called you Stan Cooneymore #greatracistabuse.”

The second read: “@StanCollymore has anyone ever referred to you as semi pro as in a semi pro coon #neitherwhitenorblack.”

Collymore, 40, played for a number of top clubs and works as a broadcaster for talkSPORT. He regularly campaigns against racism and last month used his Twitter account to emphasise that racism remains a big issue in football.

A Northumbria police spokesman said Cryer would appear before Newcastle magistrates on Monday January 23.