Stan Collymore has alerted police after suffering a tirade of racist abuse on Twitter.
As reported by Piers Eady and Sam Adams of the Mirror, the former England and Liverpool forward has understandably taken exception to the continuous string of insults aimed his way.
One particularly horrifying message suggested he "should be executed," prompting Collymore's promise to help perpetrators meet the authorities via legal action:
To those who continue the "bants" today, and are enjoying their jolly japes, a few pics coming up especially for you. Enjoy court.— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) December 10, 2013
The talkSPORT radio pundit and Bleacher Report UK expert received support from the FA's "Kick It Out" campaign—an anti-racism organisation—which confirmed it is continuing to monitor messages sent Collymore's way and will send any offending tweets to the authorities:
Kick It Out has been monitoring the racist tweets directed @StanCollymore this evening - the campaign is reporting these to the authorities.— Kick It Out (@kickitout) December 9, 2013
It was then confirmed by Collymore that he had taken the matter to Cannock Police, who are working alongside the Crown Prosecution Service to bring justice, per the Express & Star's breaking news desk:
Collymore continues to share his thoughts on the matter—including Twitter's decision to become "greedy" through a lack of age verification for users—and is more than willing to discuss the problem in a public forum.
He has tweeted screenshots of many individuals who fired racist slurs in his direction, perhaps aiding police investigations by doing so.
Although the tweets in question remain NSFW, the 42-year-old's decision to highlight a user's mock-up image—showing a fake Sky News report of his suicide—certainly sends a shiver down the spine:
This situation continues to intensify and develop quickly.
Collymore's willingness to hold offenders accountable for their decisions saw student Joshua Cryer narrowly avoid jail in March 2012, per Eidy and Adams' report for the Mirror.
His recent interaction with the authorities suggests those who believe they can get away with such vile hate will be found.
While common sense forces one to question the mindset of someone who spews racist abuse, a general lack of intelligence is further hinted when the culprit does so with a photo and profile information in the public sphere.