Man bailed in connection with ‘racist’ tweet sent to footballer

A man arrested in connection with an allegedly racist tweet sent to footballer Duane Holmes has been bailed.

A 29-year-old male had been arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of racially aggravated harassment after a post was sent to the Derby County midfielder.

Nottinghamshire Police said the man had been bailed pending further inquiries.

Holmes highlighted the message he received on Twitter shortly after taking to social media to celebrate his side’s 2-1 victory at Huddersfield in their opening Sky Bet Championship game on Monday night.

Replying to Holmes, a Twitter user and supporter of rival East Midlands club Nottingham Forest, said: “Drop us a Banana off”, and included a banana emoji.

The account from which the tweet was posted has since been deleted.

However Holmes later posted a screenshot of the comment with the caption “I’ll just leave this one here.”

On Tuesday, Nottingham Forest said it had banned a supporter who had aimed what it called “horrific abuse” at Holmes over social media and had referred the matter to police.

In a statement, the club said: “The club will take further action against the individual when the outcome of the police inquiries and the criminal process is known.”

On Monday, anti-racism charity Kick It Out said it had reported several incidents of alleged discriminatory abuse to the Football Association, following Saturday’s opening season fixtures.

In a statement it said: “We are appalled to hear that the sister of Fulham’s Cyrus Christie was subjected to alleged violence and racist abuse on Saturday.”

The charity added that Southend United’s Theo Robinson, Stoke City’s James McClean and Barnsley’s Bambo Diaby had also been targeted by “unacceptable discriminatory abuse”.

Nottinghamshire Police said: “A 29-year-old man arrested in connection with a tweet sent to a Derby County player has been released on police bail pending further inquiries.”