Nigerian International Bright Osayi-Samuel has revealed that he was recently racially abused on social media.
The Queens Park Rangers forward scored from the spot to salvage a point for the Super Hoops against Norwich City in the Sky Bet Championship.
Post match, the 22-year-old posted on his Instagram account a screenshot of the abuse he had received, describing it as disgusting and painful.
Speaking to Sky Sports News this Wednesday morning, QPR CEO Lee Hoos said:
“We completely deplore the abhorrent abuse Bright has been subjected to.
“It astounds me that people feel they can freely post such comments without any fear of reprisal. We are working with Instagram and asking them to assist us in identifying the individual concerned.
“I do feel social media platforms have a duty of care to its users who are victimised in this way.”
The Metropolitan Police have made no arrests so far but an investigation into the incident is ongoing.
“Police are aware of an Instagram post made on Tuesday, 29 December,” the statement said. “We were subsequently contacted on Wednesday, 30 December by a third party about a report of racial and abusive messages sent via social media.
“Officers will now endeavour to make contact with regards to making a report. The matter is currently under investigation. At this early stage there have been no arrests.”