Man charged for racially abusing BBC’s Sima Kotecha

Sima Kotecha
Sima Kotecha

A man was charged in the UK on Tuesday after BBC reporter Sima Kotecha was subjected to racist abuse as she prepared for a live broadcast.

BBC Journalist Kotecha said she and her team faced “racist and abusive behaviour” while preparing to conduct interviews in Leicester city centre on Sunday, the BBC reported.

Russell Rawlingson, 50, of Glenfield Road in Leicester, was charged with threatening and abusive behaviour causing distress.

He will appear via video-link at Leicester Magistrates’ Court later in the day.

Kotecha was due to interview people on Sunday evening following the prime minister’s statement on the coronavirus lockdown.

The segment was cancelled and the incident reported to police.

A BBC spokesman said: “While preparing to broadcast, our reporter, her production team and guests were subjected to racist and abusive behaviour.

“We will not tolerate racism or abuse of our staff.”

Attack on Arsenal Player

Former Arsenal forward Ian Wright has revealed that he was recently subjected to vile racial abuse on popular social media platform Instagram.

Wright on Monday shared screenshots of the sickening messages he received on Instagram as he received support from top personalities related to football and others as well.

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Ian Wright

One of the messages he received, read: “Your (sic) like 65 years old if I get corona I will cough in your face and give you your death sentence. If I see you I will put you on your death bed.”

After receiving such taunts, Wright took to Twitter to post a message which read: “I know I’m not meant to look at them but these messages still hit me so hard man. This is a child!!! This kid as a direct line into me & is able to send this without any worry.”

Former Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor was also subjected to such vile abuses recently and the duo found support from Kick It Out — an organisation that works for eradication of discrimination of any form within football community.

“We are appalled during this very trying time by the disgraceful abuse directed at Ian Wright and Gabriel Agbonlahor and their families,” Kick It Out said in a statement as per Sky Sports.

 by . “Racial hate speech and violent threats are totally unacceptable but have become sadly normalised on social media.

“Whilst we continue to collaborate with social media platforms to ensure a safer user experience for all, these cases should be investigated by law enforcement and the abusers should face criminal sanctions,” the statement added.

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