South Wales police issued a statement on Sunday, March 18, 2012 saying they arrested a 21-year-old man for publishing "racially offensive" remarks on Twitter. It is widely believed in the U.K. the remarks were directed at ill footballer, Fabrice Muamba.
The 23-year-old Muamba collapsed during an FA Cup game the day previous after, it's been determined, suffering a heart attack. Muamba's team, the Bolton Wanderers, were in the midst of an FA Cup game in Tottenham against the Hotspur. The midfielder was not involved in the play at the time of his collapse. He was worked on at the field and transferred to a hospital where he is in serious condition.
Man arrested for allegedly racist Twitter remarks
The arrest of the unnamed man is under suspicion of breaching the Public Order Act, an act which, among other provisions, makes abusing a person racially illegal. "South Wales Police have arrested a 21-year-old male from the Pontypridd area in connection with racially offensive comments made on the social network site Twitter," the police statement reads: "South Wales police have arrested a 21-year-old male from the Pontypridd area in connection with racially offensive comments made on the social network site Twitter. The male is currently being held in custody at Swansea Central police station."
It is not uncommon in the U.K. for such arrests and, though the south Wales police would neither confirm nor deny it was in connection to Muamba, the publishing of the arrest has media in the U.K. feeling that it is. In the U.K. there has otherwise been a massive outpouring of sympathy and support for Muamba, including flowers being left at his home field and a Facebook page where best wishes are piling up.