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23/12/2011 07:20 GMT | Updated 23/12/2011 10:26 GMT

Football Racism: Stan Collymore Exposes 'N' Word Abuse On Twitter Following Luis Suarez Ban

Stan Collymore, the former footballer turned pundit, has used his Twitter account to highlight the problem of racism, amid an ongoing row about the issue in football.

Following the eight-match ban of Liverpool's Luis Suarez for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra, and the charging of England captain John Terry for an allegedly similar incident with QPR's Anton Ferdinand, racism in football has been thrown back into focus.

Collymore, who played for Nottingham Forest, Liverpool and Aston Villa, added racially abusive tweets to his favourite list on the social network.

On Thursday he tweeted:

Earlier, Collymore had compiled a list of racially abusive tweets, many of which focused on the Luis Suarez case in which the Uruguayan forward was found guilty of calling Evra "negrito". Many of the abusive tweets, some of which addressed the footballer directly, were then retweeted.

The feed makes for very uncomfortable reading, with many of the posters using the "N" word, targeting both Evra and Collymore.

Collymore's Twitter feed

On Wednesday, Alan Hansen angered BBC viewers when he referred to "coloured" players on Match of the Day. He later apologised for the comments.

Both John Terry and Luis Suarez deny their respective charges. Liverpool are expected to appeal the striker's ban, while Terry, who is due in court in February, said he would fight "tooth and nail" to prove his innocence.

Earlier this year, Collymore used his Twitter account to detail his on-going battle with depression, publicising the illness and offering guidance to other sufferers.

Twitter was unavailable for comment.