Police are investigating a number of offensive comments made to footballer Raheem Sterling on Twitter.
The 20-year-old is expected to move from Liverpool to Manchester City this week for £49 million. Officers say they're taking threats against his young daughter extremely seriously.
"The language used in these tweets is abhorrent,"
"We are taking the incident extremely seriously and an investigation by detectives in Liverpool CID is ongoing.
"People who use the internet to target others and who commit criminal offences such as harassment or hate crime in doing so are not beyond the law and can expect to be brought to justice."
Raheem Sterling's move from Liverpool to Manchester City is expected to be completed later today.
The two clubs have agreed terms for the 20 year old, with a record breaking price tag of £49 million, making him the most expensive English player ever.
Sterling's arrival at the Etihad Stadium will bring an end to a six-month saga which has been acrimonious in spite of Brendan Rogers' insistence that his personal relationship with the player remains intact.
Sterling angered Liverpool club officials in February by rejecting what Rogers described as "an incredible deal" .
The impasse deepened when Sterling's agent, Aidy Ward, claimed the player would not sign even for "£900,000 a week".
Merseyside police have opened an investigation after Raheem Sterling and his his three-year-old daughter, Melody Rose, were subjected to racial abuse and threats on Facebook.
The tweets apparently came from upset fans after the announcement that Raheem was moving from Liverpool to Manchester City in a record £49 million deal.
The language used in these tweets is abhorrent.
We are taking the incident extremely seriously and an investigation by detectives in Liverpool CID is on-going.
People who use the Internet to target others and who commit criminal offences such as harassment or hate crime in doing so are not beyond the law and can expect to be brought to justice.
At a press conference in Bangkok Brendan Rodgers answered questions about Raheem moving to Manchester City and their relationship.
Brendan says that subject to a medical the £49 million deal will go through, he also said that he had a strong relationship with Raheem right up until the team left for Thailand and that they have no issues.
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Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling could get his wish this week and seal a £49million move to Manchester City.
It's understands the two Barclays Premier League clubs have finally agreed the fee for the 20-year-old.
City have already failed with two bids, the second reported to be worth £40million, with Liverpool understood to be holding out for nearer £50million.
On Sunday, Sterling was left out of Liverpool's squad which flew out for their pre-season tour of Asia as talks over the big-money switch progressed.
And by the time the Reds return, the England international is likely to be a City player, finally bringing an end to an acrimonious six-month saga.
Manchester City Ladies' defender Lucy Bronze is among eight players short-listed for the Golden Ball at the Women's World Cup.
The Lionesses' campaign ended in heartbreak as they lost in the semi-finals to Japan courtesy of a stoppage-time own goal in Edmonton.
However, Bronze's performances in Canada have caught the eye and she has been nominated for the best player of the tournament award.
She started the first game, against France, on the left wing but switched to right-back for the remainder of the World Cup.
She was substituted in the closing stages of Wednesday night's Japan contest due to a minor injury.
The other players nominated are United States trio Julie Johnston, Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe, France's Amandine Henry, Japan's Saori Ariyoshi and Aya Miyama and Germany's Celia Sasic
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Manchester City have made an improved £40million offer for Raheem Sterling but Liverpool are expected to reject the latest bid.
Having had an offer of £25million plus £5million worth of add-ons turned down last week, City have upped what they are willing to pay by £10million.
However, that still falls short of the £50million minimum Liverpool believe the 20-year-old England international is worth and they are likely to turn down the offer.