Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse in Twitter race abuse claims

RACIALLY ABUSED ... Papiss Cisse.
RACIALLY ABUSED ... Papiss Cisse.

NEWCASTLE United star Papiss Cisse and his girlfriend Rachelle Graham have been abused on Twitter after raising money for his charity.

A bogus account was set up in 22-year-old Rachelle’s name after she took part in a skydive to raise cash for an ambulance to help people in the Magpie striker’s native Senegal.

Friends and wives of other Toon stars, including Yohan Cabaye, also started to receive racist messages.

Rachelle, who is the current Miss Newcastle, said: “At first, the messages came from a US website which targets white people who are going out with black people.

“ The person behind that may also have set up the fake Twitter account in my name. It was made to look as much like mine as possible, using my photos and virtually the same address.

“The first I knew of it was when I started to get messages from friends responding to tweets I had not sent. This person was sending out abuse and saying I was no longer with Papiss, and would use racist terms.

“I am totally sickened by it. I cannot believe someone that would do this.”

The abuse began after Rachelle, of Edmundbyers, County Durham, raised £900 for Cisse’s charity, Friends of Sedhiou.

Rachelle added: “They put up pictures of monkeys with knives, and would change newspaper stories on him, using terms like ‘imported from Senegal’.

“Papiss has seen this kind of racism before, and said we should ignore it. But I think it’s not on and we have to do something to stop it.”

A Durham police spokesman said: “The website has been reported and we are investigating.”

The fake account has now been suspended.