Police launched an investigation after Bristol City striker Famara Diedhiou was focused with racism on-line after lacking a penalty within the second-tier Championship on Saturday. The Senegal worldwide hit the publish from the spot in a 1-Zero loss at Swansea that ended his group’s possibilities of reaching the playoffs to make the Premier League. Diedhiou later tweeted“Why??” alongside a screenshot of a Twitter consumer who despatched him a message consisting of three banana emojis.
The police pressure masking Bristol in southwest England stated it had requested Twitter to take away the publish and additional data on the offender.
“Early indications suggest the message may have originated from an account holder outside of this country,” Avon and Somerset Police stated in a press release.
Police will speak to Diedhiou, who’s the most recent Black footballer in England to obtain racist abuse on-line following high-profile incidents this month involving Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha and Sheffield United’s David McGoldrick.
“Racist messages of any kind are abhorrent,” police stated, “and we want to reassure the player and the club that a full and thorough investigation will now take place.”