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Man arrested over alleged racial abuse of Demba Ba

A man has been arrested after allegedly racially abusing Chelsea striker Demba Ba on Facebook.

Chelsea's Demba Ba is set to face his old club Newcastle at the weekend. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

A 39-year-old from Gateshead was detained on suspicion of posting offensive comments about the footballer. The man has been bailed pending further inquiries.

Ba signed for Chelsea this month and is expected to return to the North East this weekend to face his old team Newcastle at St James' Park.

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Ba and Cole complete moves to London

Demba Ba has completed his move to Chelsea. Credit: PA

Chelsea have completed the signing of striker Demba Ba from Newcastle. The Senegal international has had an impressive 18 months in the North-East and has now signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with the Blues.

Ba told Chelsea's website: "When the club who won the Champions League wants you, the decision is very easy. This club is massive and that's something that helped the decision a lot. It was not a hard one."

Joe Cole has completed his move to West Ham from Liverpool. Credit: PA

Another player on the move is former England international Joe Cole who has returned to West Ham from Liverpool. Cole began his career at the Hammers and said: "It is great to be back where I started and very surreal, walking out on pitches where I played when I was at under-13s."

Chelsea given permission to talk to Newcastle striker Ba

Newcastle striker Demba Ba is the Magpies' top scorer this season. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Chelsea have been given permission by Newcastle to talk to their striker Demba Ba about moving to Stamford Bridge. The 27 year-old Senegalese striker has a clause in his contract which allows him to talk to other clubs if a bid of £7m is made.