AN allegation of racist abuse against an Altrincham FC player has sparked a police investigation.

It has been alleged that during yesterday’s Altrincham FC V Barrow AFC match, a racist remark was directed at Altrincham FC midfielder Josh Ginnelly.

It is thought that the alleged abusive remark came from the Ray Wilkie stand at the Holker Street stadium.

Investigations by Cumbria Police and Barrow AFC have been launched.

Cumbria Police appealed on Twitter for anyone with information to come forward and Barrow AFC spoke out against the reported abuse, stating the club ‘deplores any kind of racist or discriminatory behaviour’.  

The police’s appeal and the club’s subsequent tweet made waves in Twittersphere, with fans slamming the alleged behaviour and others questioning the validity of the incident.