West Midlands Police have confirmed they are investigating racist messages sent to Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha ahead of Sunday`s match against Aston Villa.
Zaha posted several screenshots of the racist abuse he had received to his social media accounts on the morning of the match, alongside the caption: Woke up to this today.
West Midlands Police have confirmed they are looking into the messages and have encouraged Zaha to report the incident to his local police force.
The Metropolitan Police are also investigating the abuse but say they are yet to receive a formal complaint.
Palace manager Roy Hodgson supports Zaha`s decision to go public about the abuse and says both clubs are working on identifying the individual responsible.
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It is very saddening on the day of a game that a player wakes up to this cowardly and despicable abuse, said Hodgson.
I think it is right that Wilf made people aware of it; I don`t think it is something he should keep quiet about.
I think it is very good that our club, Aston Villa and the Premier League are doing everything they can to find out who this despicable individual is and one can only hope that they will get identified and they will get called to account and they will pay for these actions.
There is literally no excuse; there is no excuse at all.