Former footballer Stan Collymore is in discussions with the Queen’s Counsel over racially abusive tweets he received on Monday.
Staffordshire Police are also investigating “a number” of messages sent to the former Liverpool, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest striker over Twitter.
One of the messages depicted a Sky News report suggesting the
former striker had killed himself. In response he tweeted: “See you in court”.
Collymore, 42, originally from Cannock, is now a broadcaster for talkSport.
He tweeted to his 479,000 followers: “Taking advice from QC as to legality of UK social media sites not enforcing age verification/hate speech rules& their legal responsibilities”.
Police have taken copies of the tweets and has said it is working with the Crown Prosecution Service to decide what action to take with the alleged offenders.
The anti-racism group Kick It Out says it has also been monitoring the tweets directed at Collymore and is also reporting them to the authorities.
Celebrities have been quick to message their support to Collymore.
Piers Morgan tweeted: “ I hope everyone who racially abused @stancollymore gets arrested/jailed. It’s a criminal offence. Apart from being cowardly and disgusting”.
Collymore was involved in an incident not dissimilar from this in 2012 when law student Joshua Cryer, 21 was given a two-year community order for sending racially abusive tweets to the broadcaster.
He told police he hoped to gain a reaction from Collymore, who campaigns against racism and is a supporter of the Depression Alliance charity.
Cryer claimed his account had been hacked.