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Rangers investigate sexually explicit Mohammed tweet

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Image caption Chris Graham was appointed a non-executive director at Ibrox on Tuesday

Rangers are investigating after it emerged that a newly appointed director at Ibrox apparently tweeted a sexually explicit cartoon of the prophet Mohammed.

The message was sent from Chris Graham's Twitter account to radical Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary on the day of the Charlie Hebdo attack.

Mr Graham was appointed as a non-executive director at Ibrox on Tuesday.

South African businessman Dave King took charge of the club last week.

Barely 24 hours after his appointment, Mr Graham is at the centre of controversy about his activity on social media before he joined the board.

On 7 January, shortly after two gunmen had shot dead 12 people at the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, the radical Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary sent a message on Twitter which read "freedom of expression does not extend to insulting the prophets of Allah, whatever your views on the events in Paris today!"

Homosexual act

Mr Graham apparently replied by sending a cartoon depicting the prophet Mohammed engaged in an explicit homosexual act.

Part of the message accompanying the drawing read: "You probably won't like this one...then"

Mr Graham, who is 38-years-old, is well known among football fans for representing the Rangers Supporters Trust and running the Rangers Standard website.

His Twitter account is now restricted from public view.

A spokesman for Rangers said: "We are unaware of this but we will look into it."

Mr Graham has so far been unavailable for comment.

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