Kirkcaldy man charged with sending racist message to footballer Yannick Bolasie
A Fife man has appeared in court charged with sending a high-profile footballer a racist message, and possessing indecent images of children.
Kirk Thompson, 22, of Ravens Craig, appeared at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court in private on a petition alleging that on March 9, 2021, he acted in a racially aggravated manner which caused, or intended to cause, distress to a person by sending a racist message via an online application.
The alleged communication is said to have been sent via Instagram to Middlesbrough winger Yannick Bolasie.
Thompson is also accused of possessing indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of children at his address between August 12, 2020, and March 10, 2021, and taking or permitting to be taken indecent photographs or psuedo-photographs between the same dates.
A further charge alleges Thompson was in possession of cannabis at his address on March 10.
Thompson made no plea or declaration and committed for further examination. He was released on bail and is due in court at a later date.