Yaya Toure: Manchester City star racially abused on return to Twitter as Kick It Out reports messages to police

Toure returned to Twitter after five months away following the Manchester derby victory but received racially abusive messages within minutes

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The police have been called to investigate claims the Manchester City footballer Yaya Toure was racially abused within hours of reactivating his Twitter account.

The midfielder rejoined Twitter on Monday, five months after leaving the social network site in order to focus on the World Cup.

The 31-year-old Ivory Coast international posted his first tweet at 6pm on Monday, reflecting on City's derby win over Manchester United on Sunday.

He wrote: "Great to be back on twitter after a good win yesterday. Now my focus is on the next game... Happy Monday everyone!!"


Within hours of posting the message, the player received abusive and racist messages from other Twitter accounts.


Anti-discrimination group Kick It Out (KIO) was appalled by some of the tweets and decided to report the matter to the police. "NEWS: We are informing the Police of racist tweets directed @yayatoure earlier this evening and offer him our full support #kickitout," KIO posted on Twitter.

A Kick It Out spokesperson told Press Association Sport on Monday night: "At this stage we have received complaints about two separate tweets of a racist nature aimed at Yaya Toure and now we are informing the police.

"Yaya Toure has been on Twitter for a matter of hours and he has already received abuse of an appalling nature.

"We are disturbed by the fact that someone can be treated this way.

"It makes footballers start to question why they should use these platforms.

"We will offer Yaya Toure our full support."

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure celebrates with his Manchester City team-mates

On Monday evening Toure favourited a tweet from one City fan - 111Lesley111 - who offered her support to the former Barcelona player.

She wrote: "YayaToure Welcome back to the land of the tweetiverse. Ignore the nasty jealous ones. There are far more out here that (heart) you. #MCFC"

This is not the first time Toure has been the target of racist abuse.

Last season he was subjected to racist chanting during City's Champions League game at CSKA Moscow.

"I'm not just disappointed, I'm furious," Toure said after City's 2-1 win in Russia.

"It was unbelievable and very sad."

CSKA denied Toure had been abused, but UEFA disagreed and ordered the Russian club to close part of their ground for their next Champions League match.

Additional reporting by PA