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Man arrested after 'disgusting' tweet about little Celtic fan Jay Beatty

By Claire Williamson

A man in Scotland has been arrested and charged after a "disgusting" tweet about a young Celtic superfan from Lurgan appeared online at the weekend.

Hoops-mad Jay Beatty from Lurgan has become a hero to people with Down's syndrome, helping to change perceptions and winning the hearts of some of the world's top football stars and their fans along the way.

Dad Martin and Jay travelled to Scotland at the weekend only to see Hearts end the Bhoys' 69-game unbeaten run in a 4-0 victory.

On their arrival home, Martin expressed his anger at social media posts aimed at wee Jay.

Martin posted a screen grab of one tweet which said Jay "won't see 10 in a row" referencing Celtic's run of league championship wins.

"Hearts fully deserved to win today," he said, "fought and won every ball so well done on a great win but getting off the plane with Jay to see this all over social media is disgusting.

"Enjoy your result but wishing the death of a child because of the team he loves is shameful and is wrong.”

Jay first hit headlines aged just 11, after being carried around Glasgow's Celtic Park in front of more than 50,000 supporters by Celtic player Georgios Samaras.

At the time he was a mascot for the club, an honour he received after meeting Celtic players when the side came to Belfast to play Cliftonville in a Champions League qualifier in 2013.

In 2015 Jay won the Sunday Life/Specsavers Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "Police in Edinburgh have arrested and charged an 18-year-old man in connection with communications offences following the Hearts v Celtic football match on Sunday 17th December.

"A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal."

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