Sunderland-based man pleads guilty to racially abusing Newcastle United striker Ivan Toney on Twitter during his time on loan at Wigan
- A 25-year-old man has pleaded guilty to racially abusing striker Ivan Toney
- The incident happened while the Newcastle player was on loan at Wigan
- Calvin White was given a 12-month community order and 120 hours unpaid work
Press Association Sport Staff
Wigan have confirmed a man who racially abused their former striker Ivan Toney on social media has been prosecuted after pleading guilty to the offence.
Toney, 22, received an abusive message in December 2017 while on loan from Newcastle and Wigan reported the post to Twitter and Greater Manchester Police Police.
‘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 Latics said in a statement.
Ivan Toney was racially abused on Twitter. A man has since pleaded guilty to the offence
‘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.’
Kick It Out said in 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.’
The Newcastle United striker was on loan at Wigan Atheltic when the incident happened