A 37-year-old Savills property manager suspected of posting a racist tweet following England’s defeat by Italy in the Euros in July has been sacked by the estate agency.
Andrew Bone, who worked in Manchester for the company, was one of several Twitter account holders accused of racist comments following the match’s penalty shoot-out at Wembley Stadium.
The message was posted shortly after England players Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho missed their penalty kicks.
Savills initially suspended Bone pending an investigation but has now terminated his contract of employment.
Savills says: “We can confirm that following a period of suspension, the contract of an employee alleged to have sent a racist tweet from a personal social media account post the Euro 2020 Final has been terminated and the employee has left the business.
“We understand that Greater Manchester Police force investigations continue and are therefore unable to comment further at this time.”
The tweet, which used the N-word, was ‘liked’ 846 times and ‘retweeted’ 745 times before it was deleted by the account holder, who claimed his account had been hacked and the tweet was not his action.
After many Twitter followers highlighted the comments, there were removed and his account deleted.
“I hope you will crawl back under the rock from which you emerged.” said Boris Johnson at the time.
Savills issued a statement following the tweet, saying: “Savills abhors and has zero tolerance to any form of racism and racial discrimination and is appalled by the racist comments in these tweets”.