Ex-Forest star sentenced after threatening to shoot Dutch prime minister

Bryan Roy, who spent three years at the City Ground in the 1990s, was convicted of sending a threatening message to Mark Rutte

Bryan Roy spent three years playing for Nottingham Forest

Former Nottingham Forest winger Bryan Roy has been handed a suspended jail sentence for threatening to shoot the Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte.

Roy, aged 51, posted on Twitter in response to a tweet where someone had called for leader Rutte to resign.

Roy’s response was translated from Dutch as saying “You’ll get a headshot soon”.

He was sentenced on Thursday in the Hague, where he was ordered to do 80 hours of community service. He was also placed on probation for two years, with a prison sentence of four weeks to follow if he re-offends in that time.

The offence occurred in April this year.

VVD leader and Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte

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’.

It is in relation to a child welfare scandal in the Netherlands. A police report was filed which then led to his arrest.

Roy spent three years at Forest, between 1994 and 1997, making a total of 85 appearances. He arrived from Italian club Foggia, having previously played for Dutch giants Ajax.

Bryan Roy, pictured playing for Forest in 1994

Roy, who won 32 caps for Holland in his career, also went on to represent Hertha Berlin in Germany as well as Dutch side NAC Breda.

Bizarrely, he would go on to have a brief stint at non-league Cumbrian side Workington in 2004 before heading into coaching, joining previous club Ajax.

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