Collingwood Magpies issue statement following racist comments on social media

Mason Cox has taken to Twitter to speak out on racism after a fan attacked the American Collingwood star and Indigenous teammate, Travis Varcoe.

The comment came after Collingwood's 63 to 48 loss to Essendon on Thursday night.

Cox posted a screenshot of the racist Facebook comment, writing: "I'm happy to take criticism. Not the first, won't be the last but to say this about a brother is disgraceful. Look around you. There is no excuse. Listen, learn, and be better. Educate yourself because this is not ok."

Collingwood Football Club released an official statement on Saturday, condemning the fan, and noted he was not a member of the club but would consider handing over the incident to authorities.

"Collingwood Football Club condemns in the strongest possible terms the racial vilification of Travis Varcoe and abuse of Mason Cox on social media during last night's match against Essendon," the statement read.

"The club has established that the author of an offensive social media post is not a member of Collingwood.

"Offensive posts or comments in the past have resulted in the suspension or cancelation of memberships and an insistence on education and mediation before memberships can be reinstated.

"The club asks for anyone involved in last night's online conversation or who has details regarding the post or conversation to contact the club.

"If possible the matter will be handed to authorities."

Collingwood CEO Mark Anderson went on to express his disgust with the incident.

"The ignorance and prejudice in the comments is simply appalling," he said.

"Today, the football community willingly accepts that we have an obligation to put a stop to abuse of our people. I do not understand how such comments continue to be made.

"We stand with Travis and Mason and against vilification of this or any other variety and will do whatever we can to call these individuals to account."