Following the publication of racist messages towards Fulham defender Cyrus Christie on Tuesday 24 April by social media users, Kick It Out has issued the following statement.

The statement reads: "Kick It Out notes the social media posts from Fulham defender Cyrus Christie on Tuesday (24 April), displaying racist abuse directed towards the Irish international.

"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.

"All incidents of football-related discrimination on social media can be reported to Kick It Out through the organisation’s social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, as well as through the reporting app, which is free to download across all Apple and Android devices. Other reporting methods can also be found at www.kickitout.org"