“We’ve arrested a man on suspicion of racially abusing West Bromwich Albion player Romaine Sawyers online,” West Midlands Police said on Twitter late on Friday.
West Brom on Friday said they had contacted the police and would seek the toughest possible punishment after a racist message was sent to Sawyers, a the 29-year-old Saint Kitts and Nevis international on social media.
“The 49-year-old man from Kingswinford, who sent the message to Sawyers was this evening taken into police custody for questioning.
“Our dedicated football hate crime officer is also investigating another report of a racist comment towards the same footballer. We will not tolerate racism.”
Manchester United duo Axel Tuanzebe and Anthony Martial, as well as Chelsea full back Reece James were also the victims of online racial abuse this week.