Two remorseful teenage boys have been told off by police for racist abuse directed at Manchester United’s Ashley Young and Chelse’a Ashley Cole on Twitter.
The 13-year-old from Gloucester and the 15-year-old from Tewkesbury attacked the England stars for missing penalties during the Euro 2012 defeat to Italy.
Both children admitted responsibility to offensive messages but they are not the Tweets being investigated by Metropolitan Police.
Superintendent Gary Thompson said: “We will not tolerate any form of racism in the county no matter how it is committed, be it in person or via social media sites such as Twitter.
“The individuals involved have been spoken to about the content of their tweets and given strong words of advice about their behaviour.
“Both were apologetic for their actions and we believe we have taken firm but appropriate action.”
Both teenagers have since removed their Twitter accounts and are writing letters of apology to the players.
After racist tweets were made on the social networking site, the Football Association said in a statement: “We are concerned at the reports regarding allegations of abuse aimed at England players Ashley Cole and Ashley Young on Twitter.
“They have just given everything for the national team at Euro 2012 and it is appalling and unacceptable that messages of an abusive type are being posted.
“We support any police investigation in identifying who is behind this.”