A man has been charged with sending an abusive Twitter message to Israeli football player Tal Ben Haim.
Mathew Smith, 33, sent the tweet to the former Portsmouth player earlier this month. While the exact content of the message is has not been made public, it reportedly included racist content.
Smith will appear at Andover Magistrates’ Court in the UK on September 27. If convicted, he could face up to six months in prison.
"This follows the posting of an abusive message on Twitter directed at a professional football player who at the time the message was sent played for Portsmouth Football Club,” Stacey Turner, head of the Crown Prosecution Service Wessex daytime charging unit, told The Guardian.
"We have carefully considered the evidence provided to us by the police and are satisfied that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to prosecute Matthew Smith with this offence,” Turner added.