Former England striker Stan Collymore alerted police last night after suffering a torrent of vile racist abuse on Twitter.
Collymore, 42, now a radio pundit, took to his Twitter account after a troll bombarded him with racially offensive words – and said he “should be executed”.
Ex-Liverpool star Collymore then told his followers he had reported the abuse to police in Cannock, Staffordshire.
He wrote: “Appreciate the support from players, fans of all clubs and @kickitout. Currently with @Cannockpolice.”
The Kick It Out campaign, which fights to boot racism out of football, said last night: “Kick It Out has been monitoring the racist tweets directed at Stan Collymore this evening.
“The campaign is reporting these to the authorities.”
The Sunday People columnist, who has 478,000 Twitter followers, remained defiant, adding: “Am I crying? Depressed Suicidal? Not quite. Twitter doors locked, weeding out the trolls.”
Late last night the troll deleted his offensive tweets and appeared to beg for Collymore’s forgiveness.
He said: “Have to admit I went too far. Was just begging for retweets. I do apologise to @stancollymore .. didn’t mean anything by it.
It is not the first time Collymore has been targeted on Twitter.
A law student who sent him a series of racist tweets was spared jail in March last year.
Joshua Cryer admitted using the social networking site to bombard Collymore with abuse in an attempt to “snare a celebrity”, a district judge at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court heard.
He told police he hoped to gain a reaction from Collymore, who campaigns against racism and is a supporter of the Depression Alliance charity.
Cryer claimed his account had been hacked.
He later admitted a charge under section 127 of the Communications Act of sending grossly offensive messages and was ordered to complete a two-year community order with 240 hours unpaid work, and to pay £150 costs to the court.