Arrest in Ba racism probe

A man has been arrested for allegedly racially abusing Chelsea

striker Demba Ba on Facebook.

A 39-year-old man from Gateshead was detained on suspicion of

posting the offensive comments about the former Newcastle

player.

He has been arrested on suspicion of racially-aggravated

harassment and bailed pending further inquiries.

Ba, who joined Chelsea at the start of the transfer window, is

likely to be back in the north-east this weekend as his new club is

facing his old one at St James’ Park.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “Police received a

complaint about an offensive message posted on Facebook earlier

this month.

“A 39-year-old Gateshead man has been arrested on suspicion of

racially-aggravated harassment and has been bailed pending further

inquiries.”