22/04/2013 11:11 BST

Papiss Cissé And Girlfriend Racially Abused Online

The racist abuse of Newcastle United striker Papiss Cissé and his girlfriend Rachelle Graham is beng treated as a hate crime.

Sick messages were posted online because Cissé, who has been dating Miss Graham for a year, is black and she is white.

Miss Graham, who was crowned Miss Newcastle last year, was informed of the vile online slurs by her mother.

The Mirror claim police are investigating the issue as a hate crime.

Cissé celebrates his winner against Fulham earlier this month

Twenty-one-year-old Miss Graham told Sky Tyne and Wear: “It is horrific. The website targets the pair of us because I am white and Papiss is black.

“Some of it is really threatening. I don’t understand why people would say these things, especially as Papiss is such a nice guy.

“I guess we just have to ignore it and move on.”

Rachelle Graham on the day of her skydive

A fake Twitter account - set up as @grahamracheLLe - has now been suspended.

Miss Graham recently took part in a skydive from 10,000ft to raise funds for aan ambulance in Cissé's home town of Sedhiou in Senegal.