17 Aug 2022 | 08:31 | Football
A 15-year-old boy has been placed on an education programme after racially abusing Sheffield United striker Rian Brewster on Instagram.
The England U21 international highlighted racist abuse he received on social media platforms on March 18, 2021, when South Yorkshire Police launched an investigation.
Their investigations identified individuals outside their force area and two cases were transferred to Staffordshire Police and West Yorkshire Police.
sky sports news It can be revealed that the teenager admitted the crime – and after consulting Brewster – police decided to put the boy on an education programme.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “A 15-year-old male from the Wakefield area has been discreetly interviewed for allegedly sending a racially offensive and malicious communication on March 17, 2021.
“The man admitted the crime and, after consultation with the victim, concluded that the matter was appropriate to be dealt with through educational input to deter such behaviour in the future.”
In October last year, Staffordshire officers spoke to a 14-year-old boy who also admitted to abusing Brewster – who was referred to the Youth Offence Service.
The Juvenile Delinquency Service is run by every local authority in England and Wales and aims to “correct harm already done and prevent future crime”.
In March 2021, Instagram said they were unable to take action against offending users for not using their “in-app tool” to report abuse.
The social media company contacted the striker’s representatives to let them know how to officially report.