Police alerted to racial abuse of Pompey star on Twitter

Izale McLeod in action against Leyton Orient last night
Izale McLeod in action against Leyton Orient last night
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POLICE have been alerted after a vile racist message directed at Pompey striker Izale McLeod was posted on Twitter.

The offensive rant was tweeted to the club’s official account last night as Pompey lost 3-2 at home to Leyton Orient.

The message, directed at McLeod, 28, has sparked fury among fans and the club, which has today reported the incident to police.

A Portsmouth Football Club spokesman said: ‘We became aware of the incident last night and have reported the matter to the police.

‘Portsmouth Football Club is totally against any kind of racism in football and that is something that most of our fans agree with.

‘Anyone who doesn’t is not welcome at Fratton Park.’

The writer later back tracked after a torrent of abuse from furious Pompey fans was unleashed on the social networking website.

He claims to be a 15-year-old boy, and tweeted: ‘I deeply apologise for the comment I made about McLeod I was just frustrated I didn’t know what I was doing.’

The message appears to have been removed from Twitter.

Meanwhile McLeod’s wife Laura posted on Twitter earlier today: ‘Izale just had call from club they have contacted the police after fans have been racially abusing him on twitter #badtimes.’

Fan ‏@tomc_1984 posted on Twitter: ‘That season ticket you mention in your bio, I’d remove that as I don’t see you having it for much longer.’

Another fan, called @007ferguson, wrote: ‘Enjoy never stepping foot inside Fratton Park again. Hope it was worth it. Idiot.’

Fan ‏@Smythers_9 tweeted: ‘What a scumbag you are! I hope the police are on their way to your home right now!’

Only last month Andover magistrates ordered Matthew Smith to do 40 hours of unpaid work after he admitted posting a tweet racially abusing ex-Pompey player Tal Ben Haim.

Smith, 33, of Berry Way, Andover, was also ordered to pay £85 costs for posting the offensive message on August 6.