A man has been arrested after allegedly racially abusing Premier League striker Demba Ba on Facebook.
A 39-year-old man from Gateshead was detained on suspicion of posting the offensive remarks about the former Newcastle United player.
Police said he was arrested on suspicion of racially-aggravated harassment and later bailed.
Ba, who signed for Chelsea earlier this month, is due to return to Tyneside at the weekend to face Newcastle United.
The post, on a football forum allegedly included swear words aimed at Ba, a devout Muslim, and has now been removed.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "Police received a complaint about an offensive message posted on Facebook earlier this month.
"A 39-year-old Gateshead man has been arrested on suspicion of racially-aggravated harassment and has been bailed pending further inquiries."