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Collymore sticking to Twitter despite 200 racist remarks per day


March 10, 2012 - London

Former England footballer Stan Collymore refuses to quit using Twitter even though he receives up to 200 hate messages on the micro blogging site.

The former Liverpool and England striker said that he had considered quitting Twitter because of the amount of daily abuse he was receiving, despite a law student appearing in court after sending him racially abusive tweets.

The talkSPORT radio pundit re-tweeted one of the racist messages he had received from one user who wrote: "@StanCollymore why are u black? U look like a monkey."

Using the code name Wpww-hooligan-88m, the user's Twitter profile states "My blood is my honour, my race is my pride" and whose profile picture is a swastika with the words "white power" on.

Collymore, 42, immediately tweeted back saying he has had enough.

"Had enough of Twitter tbf but won't go because it's a great work tool, and too much positive feedback. Sick of the daily abuse though.

"I must get 150-200 abusive messages a day now, just constant reminders of stuff that happened a long time a go. Not nice at all.

"Easy to say ignore it when you see it 200 times a day.

"Thanks for the support from people who support clubs all over the place. You're why I tweet, it's really that simple. Really grateful," he wrote.ormer Spurs and England striker Gary Lineker messaged Collymore to offer his support.

"@StanCollymore My God! What is wrong with people? Actually he doesn't qualify as a human being. He is the animal!" the Daily mail quoted him as tweeting.

Collymore replied: "@garylineker Cheers Gary.Legend."

Lineker replied: "@StanCollymore You should never ignore it! None of us should!"

The latest abuse comes after a law student admitted racially abusing Collymore on Twitter.

Joshua Cryer, of Jesmond, appeared before Newcastle magistrates to face a public order charge after a complaint from the radio pundit.

The 21-year-old Newcastle University student has previously denied sending messages in January that were "grossly offensive."

Magistrates adjourned the case for a further hearing on 21 March.

Cryer was arrested in January after Collymore reported the incident police.

In a tweet at the time he wrote to the student: "Not having this cr*p any more. Joshua, I see you've deleted your tweets. I haven't. Two officers have a statement and evidence. See you in court."

It is not the first that Collymore, who has publicly battled depression, has previously spoken about offensive messages he has received on the social networking site.

In 2009, he decided to quit his account, although he later re-joined, after receiving several spiteful messages.

ANI

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