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Luton Town player racially abused, boy arrested

After targeting a Luton Town player via Instagram, a 15-year old boy has been arrested for racial abuse.

Peter Kioso, 21 was racially abused after his team beat Blackburn last week. The teenager who abused Kioso was taken into custody.

The abuse happened during live celebrations which took place in the changing room after the club gained Championship status after playing against Blackburn.

The boy, who was not named, was arrested by Cleveland Police on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence. The abuse of the full back, commented Luton, was a shameful and mindless act.

Peter Kioso joined Luton Town after leaving Hartlepool United in January this year.

The abuser was released under investigation and the inquiries into the incident will continue, said the police.

Luton Town stated on their website that the entire team were ‘appalled that discriminatory comments could be directed towards anyone in this day and age.’

What the team found even more appalling was the fact that the abuse was directed at a young player who had made his club debut and league debut. Kioso was rightly celebrating his role in attaining the Championship.

A spokesperson for the club stated that they firmly stand behind Peter Kioso, as they do with all minority players and staff regardless of race, ethnicity, and religion.

Both the club and the town embrace equality, diversion, and inclusion. The club has been actively assisting the police with their enquiries to bring into account the person who carried out this mindless act.

Peter Kioso commented that the incident happened on Wednesday night while the boys and he were celebrating such a major event. He was determined not to let it ruin the celebrations.

Now that things have calmed down Kioso feels he would like to shed light on it and let the public know ‘how things still are in 2020.’

The abuse took place during an Instagram live stream with the 15-year old racially abusing Kioso online.

Luton Town stated that racism is ‘unacceptable in person or via any media channel.’

The club believes that it is high time a review was in place of how social media channels are categorised. They should be more accountable for the content they allow to be distributed over their channels.

A similar incident happened in July when a premier league player was racially abused by receiving a picture of Ku Klux Klan.

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha received a series of racist messages and a picture of the Ku Klux Klan from a 12-year old boy.

West Midlands Police arrested the boy and took him into custody. They thanked everyone who helped with their enquiry.

Midland Police tweeted that ‘racism will not be tolerated.’ The age of criminal responsibility in the UK is ten years.

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