Middlesbrough unhappy with Twitter over lack of action over racist tweet aimed at Chuba Akpom | Football News

Middlesbrough’s “totally unacceptable” response to Twitter’s racist post targeting striker Chuba Akpom was not found to be in breach of its rules.

Akpom, 27, was targeted in a post in response to a tweet from the club’s Twitter account after scoring in Saturday’s 1-1 Sky Bet Championship draw with Bristol City.

The borough immediately reported the message to police, who are investigating the incident, as well as to Twitter.

But the club was unhappy with the response it received from Twitter and retweeted it alongside the initial abuse, with the offending word partially obscured on Monday.

A statement from the club read: “Twitter’s response was ‘We have reviewed the reported content, and did not find it to be in breach of Twitter’s rules. In this case, no action will be taken at this time’.”

“The club has a zero tolerance policy against hate crime and discrimination of any kind. A police investigation is ongoing.”

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Cleveland police have confirmed they have opened an investigation.

A spokesman said: “Cleveland Police are investigating reports of racist comments made by Middlesbrough Football Club about a man on social media. Inquiries are ongoing.”

The racist reply, which prompted angry backlash from other users, now appears to have been removed and replaced with a message reading: “This tweet violated Twitter’s rules.”

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