A 16-year-dilapidated male has been arrested for allegedly calling Huddersfield Town midfielder Philip Billing a “gloomy donkey” online.
Billing, 22, tweeted a non-public message he had been sent on Instagram, with a ‘thumbs down’ emoji.
Within the expletive-ridden message, Billing, a Denmark worldwide of Nigerian descent, used to be urged to “leave our membership”.
West Yorkshire Police confirmed the arrest used to be made on Wednesday morning.
“I never are making an strive to appear you in a Town kit ever yet again, you needless wannabe gloomy donkey,” the message acknowledged.
A police pronounce read: “Following a picture bought by West Yorkshire Police this morning (13 March) when it comes to abusive racial comments on social media, police hold now arrested a 16-year-dilapidated male.
“The teenager has been arrested on suspicion of malicious communications and is being investigated as a hate crime. Enquiries remain ongoing.
“Kirklees District Police would enjoy to reassure the public that this incident has been like a flash and proportionately investigated.
“All reports of hate incidents are taken extraordinarily significantly by West Yorkshire Police and all such reports will in all probability be thoroughly investigated.”
Huddersfield acknowledged in a press free up that the membership “would not tolerate abuse of any form and has a 0-tolerance stance in direction of any create of discrimination”.
It added: “We can give our elephantine co-operation to the police to take care of this topic within the strongest that that you would per chance contemplate of design.”
Kick It Out acknowledged in a press free up: “We condemn the disgraceful abuse that Philip Billing has bought online and name on social media corporations to steal steps to behave against folks that employ their platforms to lift it out.
“Most up-to-date events underline that players must be precise from abuse every on and off the pitch. We are liaising with Huddersfield Town and hold equipped our toughen to Philip.”
Billing, who used to be named youth participant of the season in 2016, joined the Terriers in 2014 and has made 74 senior appearances for the membership.
Huddersfield are bottom of the Premier League, 16 parts from safety, having gained appropriate three games all season.