An estate agent who was suspended over racist tweets shared on his account about England football players has claimed he was ‘hacked’.
Andrew Bone, a commercial building manager at Savills, has been accused of writing ‘n***** ruined it for us,’ moments after Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho missed their penalties.
However, in an interview with MailOnline, his stepfather, Robert Dutson, has insisted it was ‘not him’ and he ‘is not racist’.
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He said: “He didn’t post the remark. His account has been hacked.
“He has contacted the police about it. They are looking into it now.
“He started getting comments saying he was racist. That is not him. He is not a racist.
“The tweet appears to have come from a device not used by this account before.”
Following Bone’s suspension, Savills commented: “Savills confirms that the staff member connected with the racist comments placed on Twitter claims that his account was taken over by a third party and that the matter is being referred to the Greater Manchester Police.
“Savills has acted swiftly and confirms that the individual is suspended from duty, pending the findings of this investigation, which is being processed as a priority.
“Savills has a policy of zero tolerance on any form of racial abuse or discrimination.”
Greater Manchester Police also confirmed in a statement that they’re investigating the posts.
“GMP has received complaints about a social media post following the Italy v England Euro 2020 final at Wembley yesterday (July 11),” a spokesperson said. “Reports from across the UK are being collated by the United Kingdom Football Policing Unit and The Metropolitan Police and will then be allocated to the relevant forces for further investigation if required.”
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