Police are investigating after Twitter trolls made sexual threats against the one-year-old daughter of England and former FC Halifax Town footballer Jamie Vardy.
The graphic abuse came after the Sheffield-born Leicester striker’s fiancee posted pictures of the toddler wearing a Foxes shirt ahead of their match against Southampton on Sunday.
Leicestershire Police has launched an investigation into the shocking threats after a formal complaint was made on Monday.
Rebekah Nicholson tweeted the shots of her daughter wearing the blue T-shirt with “Daddy” emblazoned on the back, which prompted rape threats on the social networking site.
She responded to one: “There are no words for people like you! You need locking up,” while Vardy posted a screenshot of the threats, with the words “shocking and vile”.
Leicestershire Police said: “Leicestershire Police is investigating a report of malicious communication being sent via social media.
“A report was made today of an abusive message being received yesterday evening by a woman on Twitter. Inquiries remain ongoing and the force is liaising with Leicester City Football Club.”
Leicester City football club called the abuse “shocking”.
A spokesman said: “We have offered our full support to Jamie and his family in dealing with this shocking abuse and referred the matter to the police.”