A WORCESTER dad says he was hacked after a racist tweet was sent to footballer Marcus Rashford from his Twitter account.
The tweet posted on Sunday night following England’s defeat against Italy came from Nick Scott’s Twitter account but he claims he had ‘nothing to do with it.’
The offensive tweet read: “@MarcusRashford that MBE needs burning ya fake. Pack them bags and get to ya own country.”
The tweet from @Scottywwfc has over 500 replies from outraged football supporters who say he should be banned from ever watching or taking part in the sport.
It was later deleted.
Mr Scott said: “I am getting loads of grief over this. I was hacked. I would never write anything like that. As soon as I woke up I deleted the tweet. I don’t know who did it or why, but these things happen all the time don’t they? I love football. I am a family man. I know how the sport works. I would never tweet anything like that.”
We asked West Mercia Police if they had received any reports about the tweet.
A spokesman said: “We can confirm that we are aware of a racist comment made by an individual on social media, directed towards a professional footballer.
“Screenshots have been passed to officers who are currently investigating the incident to establish who this individual is.
“Comments like this have absolutely no place in society. As a force we take a hard stand against any sort of discrimination and this includes online abuse.
“We would urge anyone with information that may help our investigation to get in touch via our online reporting function or head to www. www.report-it.org.uk.”
This follows a number of offensive social media posts aimed at Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford.
Boris Johnson has condemned the “appalling” racist abuse.
The prime minister tweeted his condemnation on Monday morning after the Football Association issued a statement shortly after the game finished describing “disgusting behaviour” among some fans online, and urging police to implement “the toughest punishments possible.”
Johnson wrote: “This England team deserve to be lauded as heroes, not racially abused on social media. Those responsible for this appalling abuse should be ashamed of themselves.”
The FA statement said: “The FA strongly condemns all forms of discrimination and is appalled by the online racism that has been aimed at some of our England players on social media.
“We could not be clearer that anyone behind such disgusting behaviour is not welcome in following the team. We will do all we can to support the players affected while urging the toughest punishments possible for anyone responsible.”