Tyne & Wear

Facebook racist abuse against Shola Ameobi investigated

Shola Ameobi
Image caption Shola Ameobi made his team debut with the club in September 2000

Police are investigating reports that Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi was subjected to racist abuse via a social networking site.

The club's officials passed the matter on to police after the 30-year-old was allegedly targeted via Facebook.

Northumbria Police said it took all reports of racist abuse seriously and was working closely with the club.

Newcastle United said it had a zero tolerance approach to racism and would always take action.

The comments have since been deleted.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "We have received a report of racist comments made on Facebook on which we're working closely with Newcastle United.

"Northumbria Police take all reports of racist abuse very seriously and inquiries are being conducted."

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