Staffordshire Police Force found some success on Twitter last night as a result of one tweet referencing John Terry’s racism charges during England’s defeat on penalties to Italy in the quarter final of the 2012 European Championships.
The Staffordshire Police Twitter account, which was running a commentary on the game sent out the tweet "Great tackle by Terry, we'll be tackling repeat offenders.”
This message was retweeted over 200 times soon after.
The England defender is due to appear in court, charged with racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand last season.
Another message, referencing Italian striker Mario Balotelli, said: “Balotelli should be in the Olympics - Italian diving team.”
The account also sent out a drink driving message and a warning football fans to be safe during the game.
The tweets themselves gained approval of followers, with Sam Fowler tweeting: “Great banter from @StaffsPolice with the crime based football puns.”