A TEENAGER has been arrested after allegations of racial abuse to a football player on social media.

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police said a 15-year-old boy had been arrested and released on bail pending further investigation after Southport Football Club revealed one of their players was subject to “racial hatred and abuse” following the club’s 3-1 defeat to York City at the LNER Community Stadium on October 11.

In a joint statement from the two clubs posted on both their websites today (October 20) York City and Southport have thanked North Yorkshire and Merseyside Police forces for their prompt action.

They said: "We do not anticipate making further comment until the conclusion of the police investigation and process."

Southport chose not to name the player in question and have also reported the matter to the National League.