Former Manchester United striker Andy Cole 42 was allegedly racially abused by two men while on a flight from Dublin.
The incident took place on a Manchester bound flight from Dublin when Lee Patrick Byrn 28 and Gregory Horan 26 who were both drunk embarked on the alleged verbal attack.
The two men have since been charged.
In a statement, police said: “Two men have been charged after officers were called to Manchester Airport in relation to an inbound flight from Dublin.”
The statement added: “Officers were responding to reports that a 42-year-old man was being subjected to racial abuse while on the plane and that two passengers were drunk and would not co operate with cabin staff.”
Byrn and Horan who both come from Dublin appeared before the Trafford Magistrates court on Monday.
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