Footballer shows extent of sickening racist abuse from former club’s fans

Fulham defender Cyrus Christie has been the victim of sickening racist abuse.

Christie took to social media to show the extent of the abuse he has received, seemingly from Middlesbrough supporters.

The Republic of Ireland international only joined Boro last summer but moved on to Fulham in January.

He uploaded a series of messages of users referring to him as a ‘c**n’, ‘monkey’ and ‘cotton picker’ alongside the caption "Nothing changes…nothing gets done…"

Christie then posted another message he had received, reading: "Cyrus is a n*****".

Fans showed their support for the full-back, who responded: "Thank you for showing and passing on the messages to me.

"Sad to see people are still resorting to racist slander."

Christie left Boro after falling out of favour under boss Tony Pulis following Garry Monk’s dismissal.

A Kick It Out statement read: "These horrific posts about Cyrus are a stark reminder of how social media provides an open forum for racism within society to thrive. The organisation has been liaising with the UK Football Policing Unit and Twitter as well as offering our guidance and support to Cyrus and Fulham.

"Football can provide the platform to educate against all forms of discrimination, but this incident is a reminder that action in promoting equality, inclusion and cohesion in the game must never relent.

"It is essential that the sport continues to challenge hate where it is found, including social media platforms, who must take a leading role in eliminating abuse from their platforms. Currently, they are failing to tackle this issue effectively."

Christie has struggled for game time at Fulham with boss Slavisa Jokanovic preferring Ryan Fredericks at right back.

Fulham remain in the promotion hunt and sit third with two games to go.

Boro meanwhile are in fifth, meaning the two sides could meet in the Championship play-offs next month.

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