PO­LICE PROBE RACE AT­TACKS ON FOOTIE STAR’S KIDS

This abuse is be­yond be­lief. What sort of sicko can tar­get chil­dren?

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Front Page - BY AMY SHARPE SEE PAGES 4&5

RACE hate cow­ards have tar­geted a soccer star’s kids in a sick­en­ing new low.

Ex-Kop idol Djib­ril Cisse is fum­ing at the or­deal of Cas­sius, 13, and Prince, 11. Their mum said: “It’s sick.”

HOR­RI­FIED mum Jude Cisse to­day slams “pa­thetic cow­ards” who tar­geted her sons with a string of racial abuse.

The ex-wife of Liver­pool icon Djib­ril Cisse was ap­palled at the level of abuse in in­tim­i­dat­ing so­cial me­dia mes­sages.

One taunt was a nasty re­minder of a match where ri­val fans hurled ba­nanas at Cisse, 37.

Po­lice are prob­ing the at­tacks on Cas­sius, 13, and Prince, 11 – both foot­ball stars in the mak­ing.

And re­al­ity TV star Jude is speak­ing out to defy the thugs and re­veal how an is­sue which plagues soccer has plumbed new depths.

Speak­ing to the Sun­day Mir­ror, with her sons by her side, Jude says: “The abuse my boys have suf­fered is be­yond be­lief. What kind of sick in­di­vid­ual would tar­get a child like that? It has left them talk­ing about the colour of their skin and feel­ing dif­fer­ent.”

One mes­sage to Cas­sius – who plays for Crewe Alexan­dra Academy – makes a racial slur along­side three laugh­ing-cry­ing emo­jis.

Prince – a youth team player at Liver­pool – also re­ceived a string of shock­ing mes­sages via In­sta­gram in re­cent days.

They were sent as Tot­ten­ham star Danny Rose went public over his de­spair at soccer’s in­abil­ity to tackle racism ef­fec­tively.

AL­LE­GA­TION

Jude, 43, says ex-hus­band Cisse is “ab­so­lutely fum­ing” at the at­tacks on his boys and is “fully sup­port­ive of the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion”.

He and Jude have a third son – nineyear-old Mar­ley Jack­son, who also plays for Crewe.

Cheshire Po­lice’s cy­ber unit is prob­ing whether a racially ag­gra­vated public or­der of­fence has been com­mit­ted. The abuse came from dif­fer­ent IP lo­ca­tions and mul­ti­ple user names. The cul­prits – or pos­si­bly a lone ranger try­ing to blur the foot­print of abuse – re­main at large.

Jude says the episode has rocked her, but she is de­ter­mined to stay strong for her boys. She adds: “I have to stand up to it for the sake of them. I want to send a clear mes­sage that racism and on­line abuse is not, and will never be, ac­cept­able.”

Jude has also been trolled mer­ci­lessly. One mes­sage to Cas­sius called him an “ugly **** ” and made lewd claims about Jude’s sex life.

An­other chill­ing mes­sage to Cas­sius read, “I feel sorry for you” – be­fore mak­ing a sick­en­ing slur about his race.

Jude adds: “He started read­ing aloud and got a few lines in be­fore I snatched the phone away. I couldn’t be­lieve what I was read­ing. I was shak­ing.”

She re­ported the mes­sages to po­lice and In­sta­gram and was in­vited to bring Cas­sius in to speak to cops.

“I didn’t tell him where we were go­ing be­cause I didn’t want to scare him,” she says. “I told him that, ex­tremely sadly, these things hap­pen.”

To her hor­ror, Prince was tar­geted just days ago while they en­joyed a fam­ily hol­i­day in Marrakech, Morocco.

He rushed into her bed­room to show her the thread, sent via In­sta­gram last Mon­day.

Jude goes on: “The mes­sages were hor­ren­dous, I was ut­terly hor­ri­fied. My boys are now conscious of be­ing treated dif­fer­ently. They are talk­ing a lot about the colour of their skin and feel­ing dif­fer­ent.”

De­tec­tives will also speak to Prince but Jude re­alises the chance of find­ing the cul­prits are slim.

She ad­mits: “I was told that on­line crime is hap­pen­ing faster than the cops can catch it. It’s so hard to track down trolls when these peo­ple are tak­ing steps to make sure they’re un­trace­able.”

For­mer WAG Jude and Cisse di­vorced in 2014 af­ter a nine-year mar­riage. While he now plays for Ital­ian side A.C. Vi­cenza 1902, she still lives in Cheshire at Frod­sham Manor.

When Cisse bought it he ac­quired the ti­tle Lord of the Manor of Frod­sham – and for­mer hair­dresser Jude, who hails from Wales, uses the name “Lady Jude” in light­hearted on­line fo­rums. She is a model and was in a string of celebrity TV spe­cials in­clud­ing Come Dine With Me.

Ex-hus­band Cisse earned cult sta­tus with his goals for Liver­pool from 2004 to 2007 – and his barmy hair­cuts. He

Dad Djib­ril is­ab­so­lutely fum­ing and sup­ports the po­lice probe fully

JUDE CISSE ON ANGER OF HER SOCCER STAR EX

HATE TAR­GET Mum Jude with Prince & Cas­sius

THE DAD Liver­pool icon Cisse

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