Man in court over alleged racist tweets to footballers

Clarke Carlisle (right) in action against Cheltenham in the match at Whaddon Road Credit: PA Wire

A Cheltenham man accused of sending racist tweets to two professional footballers will appear in court today. 25-year-old Ben Townsend allegedly sent the messages to Northampton Town's Adebayo Akinfenwa and Clarke Carlisle.

It followed Cheltenham losing the play-off semi final against Northampton Town at Whaddon Road.

Adebayo Akinfenwa at Whaddon Road for the play-off semi-final Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport