For the second time this week, a Liverpool player has been subjected to appalling racial abuse on an online platform.

This racist – and sexist – attack on LFC Women’s Rinsola Babajide has been formally reported to the police and an investigation is under way.

Rinsola will continue to be offered our fullest support as well as that of the relevant authorities.

LFC condemns all forms of discrimination and we reiterate: it is completely unacceptable and it has to stop.

The social media companies and those who govern them can and must take the steps which will give players the protection they deserve and help easily identify those who peddle this online hate under a mask of anonymity.