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West Ham's Carlton Cole latest to be abused by Twitter

How long will it be before the government steps in to regulate social networking channels such as Twitter following another footballer who is reported to be racially abused?

West Ham lost 3-0 to Swansea yesterday and a man has been arrested after racist Twitter posts were sent to West Ham United footballer Carlton Cole.

The striker retweeted two posts on his account @CarltonCole1 after his side's defeat at Swansea on Saturday.

It was reported by the BBC News that the posts questioned Cole's performance and used a racist term to describe him.

He tweeted that how he plays has nothing to do with "race, creed or religion".

Following investigations from the Police the 22 year old from Southend was quizzed on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence.

In several tweets, Cole, 28, posted: "Listen, I take racism a lot lighter than others and I do understand the banter that comes along with it to get under peoples skin but...

"... it can sometimes be hurtful & insulting, I don't mind when people criticise me for having a bad game or they think I'm crap at football...

"...but just say that, whether I am crap or had a bad game has nothing to do with my race, creed or religion. Let’s just keep it FOOTBALL. Kapeesh?"

Is it not time the government acted and should Twitter not take the same stance as the Football world in banning orders.

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