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UPDATE 1-Soccer-Huddersfield contact police after midfielder Billing racially abused


Reuters
Updated: 13-03-2019 20:41 IST
UPDATE 1-Soccer-Huddersfield contact police after midfielder Billing racially abused

Huddersfield Town have contacted West Yorkshire Police after midfielder Philip Billing received a racist message through social media, the Premier League club said.

Billing, a Denmark international of Nigerian descent, earlier tweeted an expletive-laden message he received on Instagram on Tuesday, in which the sender made a racist remark and asked the 22-year-old to "leave our club." "Huddersfield ...has a zero-tolerance stance towards any form of discrimination. We will give our full cooperation to the police to deal with this matter in the strongest possible way," a club spokesman said on Wednesday.

Billing, who has made 26 league appearances for Huddersfield this season scoring two goals, received backing from anti-discrimination group Kick It Out, which called on social media companies to tackle online abuse. "Players should be protected from abuse on and off the pitch," it said in a Tweet.

Huddersfield, bottom of the league with just 14 points from 30 matches, travel to West Ham United on Saturday. (Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru Editing by Christian Radnedge and John Stonestreet)


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