Former Nottingham Forest star Bryan Roy has appeared in court for a social media post threatening to shoot prime minister Mark Rutte.
The 51-year-old responded to a tweet calling for Rutte to resign after Pieter Omtzigt helped expose a child welfare fraud scandal with the message ‘You’ll get a headshot soon’, translated from Dutch.
The tweet was reported to the police, and Roy was arrested.
Bryan Roy (right) joined Nottingham Forest for a then club record fee of £2.5million in 1994
The 51-year-old was arrested for a threatening tweet to Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte
Roy was sentenced to 80 hours of community service at a court in The Hague on Thursday. He was also placed on probation for two years, with a prison sentence of four weeks, NOS reports.
According to reports in Holland he is said to have posted the tweet because he is ‘fighting for the children who are being abused, trafficked and mistreated’.
Roy had also been quizzed by police amid claims he threatened AD journalist Chris Klomp over articles in which he debunked coronavirus conspiracy theories.
Roy, here pictured in 2011, was was sentenced to 80 hours of community service on Thursday
Roy denied the claims and the case was dropped by the Public Prosecution Service.
Roy made his debut with Ajax in 1987 at the age of 17 as a left winger.
He joined Nottingham Forest for a then club record fee of £2.5million in 1994 and made 84 appearances, scoring 24 goals.
He played 32 times for Holland and was a youth trainer at Ajax until 2015.