A 15-year-old boy from Dartford who racially abused a Swansea City player has been placed on an educational support programme, the BBC reports.

Yan Dhanda, 22, a British Asian attacking midfielder, was abused on Instagram following Swansea’s 3-1 FA Cup defeat by Manchester City on February 10.

Police traced the account which sent the address to Dartford. The 15-year-old admitted the offfence.

A spokesperson for Kent Police told the BBC: "In May 2021, Kent Police received a referral from South Wales Police relating to offensive messages reported to have been sent to a man on social media.

"The messages had been linked to an address in Dartford, and following further enquiries a 14-year-old boy attended a police station for a non-custodial interview on Thursday, 9 September.

"The boy, who is now 15, admitted an offence under the Malicious Communications Act and the case was discussed at a Youth Justice Multi-Agency Panel meeting on Tuesday, 26 October.

"As the boy had made a full and frank admission and this was his first offence, it was agreed that a community resolution was the most appropriate and proportionate outcome.

"He therefore agreed to accept educational support to prevent him committing any similar offences in the future."

Yan Dhanda spoke out against Instagram in February, revealing that no one from the company had contacted him more than a week after the incident.

He branded social media companies “selfish” for not doing more to remove abusers from their sites and apps.

Instagram and its owners Facebook temporarily blocked the user who abused Dhanda from sending messages.

Dhanda said: “For that person just to be banned for a short period of time, it was disgusting.

“They can just go back to saying whatever they want and abusing however they want after a short period of time. It just adds fuel to the hate.”

Dhanda argued that social media companies should end anonymous accounts, revealing the toll the abuse had taken on him personally.

“You should have to prove who you are before you sign up,” he said.

“If you still want to send abuse and be racist, then you can be tracked down.

“It did affect me more than I expected. I wasn’t my normal self at training the next day, I was shocked and upset, and a bit reserved.

“But with the support of my family and everyone at Swansea, I was able to get back to normal."

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