March 13, 2019 / 3:25 PM / 11 days ago

Soccer: Huddersfield contact police after midfielder Billing racially abused

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Huddersfield Town v Southampton - John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield, Britain - December 22, 2018 Huddersfield Town's Philip Billing celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Andrew Yates

(Reuters) - 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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