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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Racist messages sicken Cisse partner

ESPN staff

Papiss Cisse's partner, Rachelle Graham, has been left "sickened" after becoming the victim of an online campaign to spread racially charged messages attacking mixed-colour relationships.

The current Miss Newcastle, Graham said she started to receive the messages before being shocked to find a Twitter account, posing as her own, was also sending the same distressing content.

Graham believes the messages and fake Twitter account may be linked to a site controlled in America.

"At first, the messages came from a US website which targets white people who are going out with black people," Graham told The Telegraph.

"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.

"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. I am totally sickened by it. I cannot believe someone would do this."

Durham Police are trying to identify the person behind the account, which has now been suspended.




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