Papiss Cisse and girlfriend subjected to racist abuse on Twitter
Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse and his girlfriend Rachelle Graham have been subjected to racist abuse on Twitter.
Rachelle, the current Miss Newcastle, took part in a skydive from 10,000ft to help fund an ambulance to help people in Cisse’s native Senegal.
The event was attacked on a website set up by bigots who are against mixed-race relationships. A bogus Twitter account was then set up in Rachelle’s name, and friends and wives of other Toon stars, including midfielder Yohan Cabaye, also started to receive racist messages.
Now detectives are investigating the abuse as a hate crime after being called in by Rachelle’s shocked mum Val, 46. The Mirror has also passed on some of the disturbing messages to Durham police.
Cafe owner Rachelle 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 cloned account, @grahamracheLLe, has now been suspended. The real one, @GrahamRachelle, has 1,500 followers.
The abuse began last month after Rachelle, of Edmundbyers, Co Durham, helped raise £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 police spokesman said: “The website has been reported and we are investigating.”
From the Mirror