15-year-old arrested for threatening Ajax’ Ryan Babel on Twitter
A 15-year-old boy has been arrested after sending a threatening tweet to Ajax footballer Ryan Babel, Amsterdam police said on Friday.
The youth was picked up at his home in The Hague at around 02.00 in the early hours of Friday morning after police had been alerted to an exchange of messages between the two.
The boy, known as @_LORENSS, used the microblogging service to state Babel, a fervent twitter user, should ‘get a bullet’ and referring to the player’s skin colour.
There then followed an exchange of messages in which Babel accused the boy of racism and published his name and address.
‘Now you think about it, I’m going to make work out of this and report it,’ Babel wrote. Although the police statement said Babel is due to make a formal complaint on Friday afternoon, it is unclear if he has already done so.
In January 2011, Babel was fined £10,000 by the English FA for an outburst on Twitter about a referee. Then in May this year, he was fined a further €3,000 by the German football association for threatening another referee using Twitter.
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