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Police investigate racist abuse against Feruz & SRTRC hit out at comments

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After our article highlighting the racist and vile abuse aimed at Islam Feruz, after it was officially confirmed that he was leaving Celtic for Chelsea, a report in today’s Scotsman stated that Police are tracing those Celtic supporters who posted vile and racist abuse at the 16-year-old striker.

The article stated: “Hundreds of offensive comments were posted online by people angered by Islam Feruz’s decision to move from the Parkhead club to Chelsea.”

Strathclyde Police and officers from the newly created Football Co-ordination Unit for Scotland are investigating after a number of complaints from fans.

A Strathclyde Police spokeswoman said: “We are aware of the comments and the matter is being looked into with the appropriate action being taken by officers.”

After it was announced officially that Feruz was leaving Parkhead, a facebook page dedicated to the player was hit by hundreds of hate-filled comments, including racist comments, while others wished that the youngster gets a serious injury for turning his back on Celtic and for dishonouring Tommy Burns’ memory.

Meanwhile when contacted, Show Racism the Red Scotland spokesperson Bill Butler, said of the racist abuse aimed at Feruz: “Football can excite great passion but there should be no place for the type of abusive, racist comments which Somali born Islam Feruz is receiving on his facebook page from some disgruntled fans, such comments are totally unacceptable and do no credit to those who make them. Show Racism the Red Card Scotland condemns these comments and calls for an end to them”.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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