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Charges follow race hate claim

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: December 30, 2013

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An Irish man has been charged in connection with the racial abuse of former Manchester United footballer Andy Cole on a flight from Dublin to Manchester.

He and another man, of no fixed address, were said to be drunk during the flight when the sportsman, aged 42, was reported to have been subjected to racial slurs.

The men, both aged in their 20s, were arrested when the Aer Lingus flight touched down at Manchester Airport on Sunday.

They appeared before Trafford Magistrates' Court yesterday where they were charged with a racially aggravated public order offence.

Greater Manchester Police said: "Officers were responding to reports that a 42-year-old man was being subjected to racial abuse while on the plane, and that two passengers were drunk and would not co-operate with cabin staff."

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