Man cautioned over referee Twitter abuse.
A TYNESIDE man has been cautioned for sending abusive Twitter messages to a Premier League referee.
Mark Halsey made a complaint to police in his home town of Bolton about online posts sent after his officiating of Liverpool's home league defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.
Mr Halsey, 51, sent off Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey in the first half of the match and awarded their opponents a late penalty which secured three points in the 2-1 victory.
It is understood that several messages referred in derogatory terms to Mr Halsey's recent battle against throat cancer.
Police said a 27-year-old man they interviewed from the Newcastle area admitted being responsible for some of the messages. He was cautioned.
Officers say they are continuing attempts to trace anyone else responsible for posting the abusive messages.
Mr Halsey made the complaint on Sunday. Officers met with him and launched the investigation into offences committed under the Malicious Communication Act.
Detective Sergeant Tony Lunt said: "Clearly, the victim and his family were very distressed by the extremely offensive comments posted on Twitter."