Police speak to boys after racist Euro 2012 tweets

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A POLICE FORCE has spoken to two teenage boys after racist tweets were sent during England’s Euro 2012 quarter-final defeat by Italy.

Chelsea defender Ashley Cole and Manchester United winger Ashley Young were singled out for abuse on Twitter after they missed penalty kicks during the match on June 24.

A boy, 13, from Gloucester and a 15-year-old boy from Tewkesbury admitted writing tweets in which they used offensive words in reference to England players. Gloucestershire Police said while the boys had written tweets about Cole and Young, they were not responsible for those that made national headlines following the match, which are being investigated by the Metropolitan Police.

The 13-year-old attended a police station with his father and said he was remorseful for his actions.

A police spokeswoman said the boy will have a meeting with the Superintendent for the area, who will further explain to him the consequences of his actions.

He will also be warned that any similar actions in the future could result in criminal proceedings.