Leicester’s Gallagher Premiership-winning captain and England prop Ellis Genge was racially abused on social media just hours after his team’s thrilling final victory over Saracens at Twickenham.
Genge lifted the Premiership trophy with former Leicester skipper Tom Youngs after Freddie Burns’ last-gasp drop goal had sealed a 15-12 success for Steve Borthwick’s men.
‘Over the moon for this group to win something so special and share the moments with family even more so,’ Genge posted on Twitter in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Ellis Genge was racially abused on social media just hours after winning the Premiership final
‘Hope you’ve all enjoyed the ride, thank you Leicester Tigers for all you have given me and my family.’
Genge then later posted a screengrab of a message he had received online calling him a n*****.
The 27-year-old, who has grown into a fine player and leader for both club and country, didn’t identify who sent the post but called on social media companies and lawmakers to act.
Genge wrote: ‘On another note, think it’s important to highlight that this (social media abuse) is still a massive problem, from a legit account too.
The England prop shared a screenshot on Twitter and urged the government to take action
Genge and Leicester team-mate Hanro Liebenberg celebrate with the Premiership trophy
‘Not here for a headhunt hence the black out, common occurrence and socials/law should come down on it.’
Leicester’s final win was Genge’s last game for the Tigers before he moves back to his hometown club Bristol for next season.
Before that, the loosehead is a certainty to tour Australia with England this summer.
England head coach Eddie Jones will name his final squad for the three Tests with the Wallabies on Monday, less than 24 hours after his team face the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday.