A teenager has been charged with racially abusing Republic of Ireland Under-21 international Tyreik Wright on social media.

West Midlands Police said the 17-year-old boy is accused of sending an offensive message on Instagram to the 20-year-old from Ovens in Cork, while the Aston Villa player was on loan at Walsall last February. Wright is currently on loan at Salford City.

The youth has been charged under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003, to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Thursday 7 October.

The teenager, from the north east of England, cannot be identified due to his age.

West Midlands Police said its inquiries had been led by Police Constable Stuart Ward, who is the UK's first dedicated hate crime officer within a football unit.

Nathan Miebai, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "A 17-year-old has been charged with racially abusing footballer Tyreik Wright online.

"The CPS made the decision to charge the youth after reviewing a file of evidence from West Midlands Police."