Police are investigating “a number of complaints” about racist tweets directed at Manchester City footballer Yaya Toure.
Greater Manchester Police have confirmed they are looking into claims the star was abused within hours of reactivating his Twitter account on Monday.
The Ivory Coast international rejoined the site five months after quitting to focus on the World Cup in Brazil.
He posted his first tweet – marking his club’s win in a hard-fought Manchester derby at the weekend – at 6pm.
He wrote: “Great to be back on twitter after a good win yesterday. Now my focus is on the next game… Happy Monday everyone!!”
But within hours of sending the message, the midfielder had received a number of racist and abusive messages from other Twitter users.
Campaigners from anti-racism group Kick It Out were first to report the messages to police.
A statement on the organisation’s website read: “We received complaints about two separate tweets of a racist nature aimed at Yaya Toure yesterday evening.
“We have informed the Police via True Vision, the online reporting facility, and have also alerted Twitter.”
Some of the offensive messages were still visible on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon – some retweeted with links to police accounts by angry fans.
Toure has since tweeted: “Thanks for all the welcome back tweets and support. Shame about ignorant minority. #StillFocused.”
The 31-year-old was a victim of racism during City’s Champions League game at CSKA Moscow last year.
After the match, he admitted he was “furious” about the abuse from the home side’s supporters – which included monkey chants and contributed to UEFA imposing a three-match stadium closure for repeat offending.
Source: Sky news