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Footballer's racial Twitter abuse

Crawley Town footballer Hope Akpan Photo: Crawley Town FC

Detectives are investigating the racial abuse of a Crawley Town footballer on the social media website Twitter.

Hope Akpan, 21, was sent an abusive message after he was sent off against Oldham on Saturday. Sussex Police said they're helping a Greater Manchester Police investigation.

In a statement, Crawley Town FC, said: "The club can confirm that it has received information regarding a tweet sent to Reds' midfielder Hope Akpan following Saturday's League One game against Oldham.

"This has been forwarded to Sussex Police who are investigating the matter in conjunction with their colleagues in the Greater Manchester Police force.

"Details have also been sent to the Professional Footballers' Association and the Kick It Out campaign.

"Crawley Town FC has a zero-tolerance policy towards racism of any kind and will do all it can to assist the authorities in dealing with instances of racism affecting our players or staff members."

A spokesperson from the Kick It Out campaign added: "Abuse like this needs to be reported so it can be channelled through to the governing body to take action, seek justice and deter others from abusing social media in this way. Kick It Out praises this swift action and would urge other players to follow suite in similar situations."