A 17-YEAR-OLD has been arrested in the North East over malicious tweets sent to Wigan star Callum McManaman.
The 21-year-old midfielder has received a tirade of abuse via his Twitter page, some of which were in the form of death threats.
The whole situation came about after Newcastle defender Massadio Haidara was stretchered off as a result of a tackle from McManaman during Wigan’s 2-1 win over the Magpies on Sunday at the DW Stadium.
A Northumbria police spokesman said: “We received a third party report of a malicious communication on Twitter.
“As a result, a 17-year-old boy from Ashington was arrested on suspicion of producing malicious content.
“He was handed a fixed penalty notice.”
A Wigan Athletic spokesman added: “We’ve been made aware of some unsavoury comments made on Twitter.
“We understand that reports were made to the police and they have dealt with the matter.
“No one wants to see this. Everyone’s focus should be on the welfare of the Newcastle player.”
One of the tweets directed at McManaman read: “cant wait till you come to st james’ #GonnaDie #GetYourFuneralPlannedKid.”
Yesterday, the FA confirmed that McManaman would not receive any charge for the tackle.
It means he is now free to play in the FA Cup semi-final against Millwall on April 13 at Wembley.
However, Latics coach Graham Barrow was charged with misconduct along with Newcastle assistant John Carver for their parts in a half-time scuffle.