A man from Washington, Tyne and Wear has been arrested after a racist comment was posted on Facebook about Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi.
The 43-year-old, was held overnight on suspicion of racial harassment and has been bailed until November 28.
The incident comes ahead of the Tyne-Wear derby between Newcastle United and Sunderland AFC on Sunday (October 21).
Northumbria Police said the post has now been removed.
It is the second time this year Premier League footballer, Ameobi has suffered alleged racist abuse on the social networking site after police were contacted in February.
His younger brother, Sammy, was also the victim of racism last year when he was abused on Twitter by two teenagers who eventually received warnings from the police.