Yannick Bolasie has been subjected to online racial abuse by a 22-year-old man who has been arrested by the police.
A court is going to be held at Kirkcaldy Sheriff on Wednesday for the alleged abuser.
A Police Scotland spokesperson stated:
"A 22-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with a racially aggravated comment posted online
revealed the racist message that was sent to him on Instagram, and said:
"Something seriously wrong with people... keyboard warriors.
"Still yet to meet a person who had this energy when they saw me."
Instagram has blocked the account of the 22-year-old man from messaging for a “set period of time”
The platform also warned the user to not try and make another account to get rid of the restriction, or else they delete them.
After revealing the abuse, Middlesbrough stated:
"Middlesbrough FC has re-emphasised our zero-tolerance attitude towards discrimination in all forms.
"The racial abuse directed to Yannick Bolasie on social media yesterday is vile and unacceptable and demonstrates exactly why more has to be done to identify the perpetrators of such comments and to bring them to justice.
"The matter has been reported to the relevant authorities by both Yannick and ourselves and he has our full support. It is of great concern to the club that we are witnessing behaviour of this type and it cannot be allowed to continue.
"As our players said when responding to the debate on taking the knee, we now need to see demonstrable actions from those who have the power to implement them rather than further gestures. Actions must speak louder than words.
"We repeat that we will not tolerate abuse of any form and any individuals who are identified to us will not only face the prospect of criminal charges but will also be banned from the Riverside Stadium."
, who are the winger’s parent club, have also stated that:
"Everton has a zero-tolerance approach to any kind of racism or discrimination. There is no room for racism in football or society.
"By working together, we can fight discrimination wherever it exists. Everybody has a part to play and social media abuse should never go unreported.
"We also urge social media platforms to strengthen measures to prevent this kind of behaviour. Through challenging it and reporting it, we can all play a part in changing it."
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