Maurice Edu, Kyle Bartley Racially Abused Via Twitter

Marc RosebladeContributor IIIJanuary 14, 2012

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 10:  Rangers player Maurice Edu in action during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier league game between Hibernian and Rangers at Easter Road on December 10, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Stu Forster/Getty Images

Strathclyde Police in Scotland are said to investigating complaints, according to Sky Sports, after information was made available to them that two Glasgow Rangers players were racially abused on Twitter.

The racial abuse was directed towards United States midfielder Maurice Edu and on-loan Arsenal defender Kyle Bartley in the social networking site and these recent incidents beggar belief after other recent high profile players Louis Saha and ex player Stan Collymore have ended in part, with a conviction for the attack on Collymore.

Bartley, who is on a season long loan from Arsenal, wrote on his own Twitter page, "Disappointing that in 2012 things like this are still happening. Hopefully, the police will take action. Thank you all for the support."

In a moment of ignorance and stupidity, it appears the abuser sent one of the comments towards another Rangers player, Kyle Lafferty, instead of his intended targets.

As if the incidents weren't bad enough, it appears the culprit's racial comments were also made towards Emmanuel Eboue, although it's unknown at this stage if these are to be investigated as well.

The culprit in question claims to be a Glasgow Celtic supporter and states in his bio that "his kids are his life." Not exactly the type of role model that his kids require if this evidence is anything to go by.

Strathclyde Police have confirmed that they were looking into these complaints, stating in a brief statement: "We will pass these posts on to the relevant officers for their attention."

ARBROATH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 08:  Rangers player Kyle Bartley in action during the William Hill Scottish Cup Fourth Round match between Arbroath and Rangers at Gayfield park on January 8, 2012 in Arbroath, Scotland.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Stu Forster/Getty Images

Scottish Champions Glasgow Rangers also voiced their unhappiness, with a spokesman telling stv: "These comments are disgraceful and we have notified the police who are now investigating the matter.The club will assist with all enquiries."

These comments have no place in football or in the world as a whole and its good to see the Police becoming involved before these incidents can escalate any further.

In the cauldron that is the Old Firm in Glasgow, they already have their own sectarian abusive elements to deal with without bringing race into the equation, and nothing but a jail sentence will suffice for this type of behaviour.


 shut the duck up ya ****** duck. Hahn's. Who's at the top ya toss pot 4 hours ago



 oo-oo do the ****** gibbon. your an immigrant. Free everything 4 hours ago


 cany wait till wan of the hoops decapitates u ya ***** skinny ****** 5 hours ago 


 hope you crash on the way hame ya monkey fuk 5 hours ago       


 ya ****** ***** ******* your ficin push. Back to the jungle were u belong way air homes

 Bartley your gettin it ya **** *******. Hink yir wide oan a pitch. Yir a dead **** walkin