A Sunderland man has been found guilty of racially abusing a Newcastle player.
The offence was committed back in December 2017 and the Police notified after the post appeared on social media.
At the time Newcastle striker Ivan Toney was on loan at Wigan and was targeted by 25 year old Calvin White of Hollycarrside road in Sunderland.
The Sunderland man was prosecuted for a Racially Aggravated Section 4a Public Order Offence.
After being found guilty he has now been sentenced to 120 hours of unpaid work and a 12 month community order.
With the amount of shocking stuff that people put on social media, believing it will never come back on them, it is great to see this successful prosecution.
Not because it is somebody from Sunderland, as I would say the same if it was anybody from Tyneside/Newcastle who had committed such an offence.
It has no place in football, or indeed society in general.
Wigan Athletic Official Announcement:
A man has been found guilty and prosecuted for a racially aggravated social media post towards then Latics striker Ivan Toney in December 2017.
A man has been prosecuted for racially aggravated harassment towards Ivan Toney
Toney was on loan with Wigan Athletic at the time of the tweet in December 2017
Wigan Athletic promote equality and diversity and thank supporters for their assistance in tackling racist language in our social community
Wigan Athletic have been informed that a man has been prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service for a Racially Aggravated Section 4a Public Order Offence, in relation to a social media post sent to Ivan Toney during his loan spell with the club this season.
The defendant, Calvin White, 25, of Hollycarrside Road, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to racially aggravated harassment and was sentenced to a community order of 12 months, 120 hours of unpaid work, and ordered to pay £170 costs.
The club immediately notified Twitter and Greater Manchester Police after seeing the post in December 2017 and have been fully cooperative in helping the authorities identify the person responsible for the tweet.
We would also like to thank Northumbria Police for their support in identifying the individual responsible for the social media post.
Wigan Athletic promote equality and diversity and were awarded the Premier League Equality Standard Intermediate Level in October 2017.
Kick It Out released the following statement:
“We applaud Wigan Athletic for notifying both Twitter and the police. Discriminatory abuse is no less unacceptable when it is carried out on social media, and this shows that however and wherever this occurs there is no hiding place.
“However, it also proves that there is still a lot of work to be done in and around the game to tackle discrimination and educate offenders.”
We thank supporters for their assistance in tackling racist language in our social community and encourage any supporters who witness any form of discriminatory behaviour to text our Together line, starting the message with WIGAN to 80800, providing further details. Alternatively, Kick It Out have a reporting app [click here], providing users with the ability to attach video, photo and audio evidence to complaints to help support investigations into discriminatory abuse and behaviour across football.