Man arrested over online racist abuse of West Brom's Romaine Sawyers

Saint Kitts and Nevis international Sawyers, 29, played for West Brom between 2009 and 2013. He rejoined the club from Brentford in 2019. Credit: PA, Michael Regan

Police have arrested a man suspected of racially abusing West Bromwich Albion footballer Romaine Sawyers online.

West Midlands Police said a 49-year-old man from Kingswinford, near Birmingham, was questioned in custody on Friday evening (29 January).

West Brom contacted police after Sawyers was sent a racist message during Tuesday's 5-0 defeat to Manchester City.

Police were contacted after the messages were sent following West Brom's loss to Man City this week. Credit: PA

The force's football hate crime officer is also investigating reports of another racist comment towards the player.

A club statement said: "Albion will offer Romaine the relevant support required at this time and continues with its long-standing commitment to help rid football of racism."

Albion boss Sam Alladyce also offered his support and questioned what could be done to stop online abuse.