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Rangers Football Club has complained to police over claims that defender Kyle Bartley was racially abused on a social networking site.
The Glasgow side said on its official Twitter account last night: "The club has tonight been made aware of racial abuse directed at one of our players. We have reported this matter to the police.'' It is understood the abuse was directed at Bartley, 20, over Twitter.
A Strathclyde Police spokeswoman said: "We can confirm we have received a complaint and inquiries are ongoing.'' The alleged incident came hours after Rangers were defeated 3-0 by rivals Celtic in the last Old Firm game of the season.
Police said 17 people were arrested yesterday in and around Parkhead stadium, for offences such as breach of the peace and drunk and disorderly behaviour.