Pair charged over Andy Cole racist abuse allegations

Andy Cole pictured playing for Blackburn Rovers Credit: PA

An Irish man has been charged over the alleged racial abuse of former Manchester United star Andy Cole on a flight from Dublin to Manchester.

He and another man, of no fixed address, were allegedly drunk during the flight when the retired striker was subjected to racial slurs.

The men, both aged in their 20s, were arrested when the Aer Lingus flight touched down at Manchester Airport on Sunday.

They appeared before Trafford Magistrates' Court today where they were charged with a racially aggravated public order offence.