Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News

Man charged over racist football slurs


THE Runcorn man who was arrested in connection to racist posts aimed at the England football team after the Euro 2020 final has been charged.

Scott McCluskey, 43, from Blyth Close, has been ordered to appear at Warrington Magistrate­s’ Court on Wednesday, September 8.

He has been charged with sending an offensive/abusive message by a public communicat­ion network.

The charge relates to a message that was posted on Facebook on Monday, July 12 – the day after England lost to Italy in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley.

The 42-year-old was arrested on Wednesday, July 14, in connection with the post, which was directed towards the England football team following their defeat in the final on Sunday, July 11.

The man was arrested on suspicion of displaying threatenin­g, abusive or insulting written material that is likely to stir up racial hatred under section 18 of the public order act 1986. He has since been released under investigat­ion pending further enquires.

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