Police to investigate allegations of racist abuse at Collymore on Twitter
Police have begun an investigation after former Premier League star and pundit Stan Collymore was allegedly the victim of racist abuse on Twitter.
Northumbria Police confirmed they have begun inquiries after they were informed in the early hours of an allegation received by Staffordshire Police.
A spokeswoman said: 'Just after midnight police received a complaint of racist comments that had been made on Twitter. Officers are carrying out inquiries.'
The Twitter user – known as JoshuaCryer1 – later denied the allegations, posting: '@Stan Collymore apologies for all the abusive tweets just been notified about it these do not represent my views. #notafunnytwape'.
Collymore, 40, originally from Cannock, Staffordshire, played for a string of top clubs, including Liverpool, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest.
Abusive: Collymore's Twitter feed
He works as a broadcaster for talkSPORT, campaigns against racism and is a supporter of the charity Depression Alliance.
It was believed the allegedly racist tweets were sent by someone in the Tyneside area.