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Yaya Toure racially abused hours after reactivating his Twitter account

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02: Yaya Toure of Manchester City arrives for the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on November 2, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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Mere hours after reactivating his Twitter account, Yaya Toure was racially abused by a number of users who were then reported to the anti-discriminatory body, Kick It Out.

Toure decided to re-enter the Twitter world on Monday following Manchester City’s 1-0 victory over Manchester United, tweeting:

“Great to be back on twitter after a good win yesterday. Now my focus is on the next game ... Happy Monday everyone!!”

But a happy Monday for Toure, it would not be. As many replies sent warm welcome’s back to the Twittersphere other replies attacked the 31-year old, to which he responded: “Thanks for all the welcome-back tweets and support. Shame about ignorant minority. StillFocused”.

On Tuesday, BBC spoke with Toure about the incident.

“For me it’s a disgrace, to be honest. We need to do something to try to tell people those kinds of behaviour have to stop. I want those people to understand what they’re doing is wrong.

“To have such aggression in sport, I can’t understand that. That’s why I’ve been trying to fight it,” added Touré.

“Football doesn’t have a colour. We’re just people from all over the world trying to enjoy the game. I never see this in rugby, I never see that in tennis or anything else, I don’t know where it’s coming from.”

And so, the beauty of Twitter remains it’s biggest blight, a form of media that gives a voice to everyone in the world from the most enlightened to the disturbed. If Twitter and other social media forums look to be a place where famous footballers and celebrities can interact with lay-people perhaps the time has come for police to serve, protect and make an example out of those who run afoul of the law.

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