Police have begun an investigation after ex-Premier League star and football pundit Stan Collymore was allegedly the victim of racist abuse on Twitter.

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Northumbria Police confirmed they have begun inquiries after they were informed in the early hours of an allegation received by Staffordshire Police.

A spokeswoman said: "Just after midnight police received a complaint of racist comments that had been made on Twitter. Officers are carrying out inquiries."

Collymore, 40, originally from Cannock, Staffordshire, played for a string of top clubs, including Liverpool, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest.

He works as a broadcaster for talkSPORT, campaigns against racism and is a supporter of the charity Depression Alliance.

It was believed the allegedly racist tweets were sent by someone in the Tyneside area.