A 50-year-old youth football coach was arrested after tweeting racist abuse to Marcus Rashford says he was hacked and not responsible for the condemning words.
Children’s football coach Nick Scott was arrested after tweeting racist abuse to Marcus Rashford after England’s dramatic defeat to Italy at the Euro Cup final last Sunday.
He was detained for being suspected of inciting racial hatred online.
The offending tweet attracted the attention of many who identified its blatant racism.
Since, the 50-year-old has been released pending investigation, but denies that he was responsible for sending the message, insisting that his account had been hacked.
In a statement to the Sun, Nick commented: ‘I didn’t send it mate – I’ve been hacked. I didn’t post it.
‘The first I learned about it was this morning when I woke up. I’m seeing my solicitor in the morning. I don’t know who hacked me.’
The question as to who would hack a youth football coach to release racist messages directed at Marcus Rashford remains open.
Overwhelming support has flooded in for Rashford and the other England team players who have had racism thrown them by England fans.
Over one million signatures have been collected on the Change.org petition to ban racist England fans for life from football matches held in the UK.
The petition states: ‘There should be no room for racists and bigotry in football or society.
‘As multi-racial football fans, we finally feel represented by this anti-racist and inclusive England team. We could not be more proud [sic] or inspired by our magnificent team and by their talent, bravery, leadership and love for all. Gareth Southgate’s England team plays for ALL of us.’
Perhaps Nick Scott should be the first person who is banned from attending football matches and made an example of. As a youth football coach training the players of the future, it pulls in question whether he is entirely suitable for his profession.
If this doesn’t make you wonder about certain people, check out the 42-year-old man who landed jail time for holding lockdown parties.