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Newcastle report abusive Facebook comments towards Ameobi

Police are investigating reports that the Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi has become the target of racist abuse on Facebook, reports The Guardian. The club's official's contacted Northumbria police after the 30-year-old was alleged to have been the focus of abusive comments on the site, which have since been deleted.

A Newcastle spokeswoman said: "We have liaised with Northumbria police and the matter is now in their hands. We have a zero-tolerance approach to racism and will always seek to take the strongest possible action."

The force confirmed an inquiry was underway, saying: "We have received a report of racist comments made on Facebook, on which we're working closely with Newcastle United. Northumbria police take all reports of racist abuse very seriously and inquiries are being conducted."

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