The Metropolitan Police have charged a man on seven counts of sending an abusive message, relating to Chelsea football matches.
Their statement read: “A man has been charged after a Met Police investigation into racist, anti-semitic and hateful tweets posted in late 2020, that were identified by Chelsea FC.
“Nathan Blagg, 21, of Retford, Nottinghamshire, has been charged with seven counts of sending by public communication network an offensive/indecent/obscene/menacing message/matter, contrary to the Malicious Communications Act.
“He is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 8 October.
“The investigation is being led by the Met’s Central Football Unit, who arrested Blagg in February this year.”
At the time of his arrest, Chelsea announced: “We welcome today’s arrest which shows that hateful messages shared on social media do have consequences.
“We continue to work closely with the police to support their investigations on this important issue.”
Inspector Matt Ashmead of the Met’s Central Football Unit added, “This action proves that the internet is no safe refuge for trolls to target people with hateful, offensive or racist abuse.”
According to research commissioned by the PFA, over 40 per cent of players received abusive messages on Twitter during the 2020-21 season.
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