TRANMERE Rovers have launched an investigation after being made aware of a racist tweet aimed at the club.

In statement on the its website, the club said: "TRFC were made aware of a racist social media post which we have already referred to the police and we shall provide them with all of the assistance they require to investigate the matter.

"In addition, we have already commenced our own enquiries and in the event that the racist comment involves one or more of our fans, we shall not hesitate to issue the appropriate bans.

"We have a record of zero tolerance of hate crime and such behaviour has no place in our club or in football.

"Until the police investigation and our own enquiries have been completed, the club will be making no further comment."

In a statement Merseyside Police said: "We are working with Tranmere Rovers to investigate a report of malicious communications. 

"This was reported to us today (Monday, April 15) but is believed to have been published on April 14.

"Merseyside Police takes social media posts of this nature extremely seriously and any offences identified will be investigated.

"Anyone with information is urged to contact us @MerPolCC quoting crime ref: 19100179046."