A 19-year old Sunderland fan has been arrested on suspicion of malicious communication after offensive tweets were sent about Liam Sweeney and John Alder who died aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.
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John had only missed one Newcastle game home and away since 1973.
Police were contacted on Saturday following derogatory comments put online about the two Newcastle fans.
Sunderland fans raised a staggering £40,000 in donations in memory of the pair that will go to charity, following an appeal launched by Gary Ferguson.
Barry Sweeney (Liam’s dad) told the Chronicle: “My daughter told me about it, I don’t think it’s worth talking about.
“He’s not a Sunderland fan.
“The Sunderland people have been tremendous since what happened.
“I would not condone it if it had been anyone else, regardless of it being Liam and John, I wouldn’t be happy.”
The social media account has since been deleted and the Sunderland fan has been released on bail until November 11.