Merseyside Police have launched an investigation after former Bangor City player Pavel Vieira was racially abused by another passenger while travelling on a bus in Liverpool on Friday night.

Pavel, 26, who was part of the Bangor City squad for the 2016–2017 season, filmed the incident on his phone.

The clip shows Pavel asking the man: “Is there anything wrong with the black people?”

The man replied: “Yeah, you shouldn’t even be here. Why doesn’t everyone say the same thing, we don’t like you, f*** off”

After racially abusing Pavel, the man then turned his attention to other bus passengers who supported Pavel during the incident.

Pavel, who has played football for several clubs in the UK and represented his country Guinea-Bissau, said he wanted to thank the people to stood up for him, Pavel said: “I would like to meet them and hug them.

“After I got off the bus, more people came up to me and spoke with me and supported me.”

Det Insp Mark Drew, of Merseyside Police, said: “We will not tolerate hate crimes being committed against members of our community and I would like to take this opportunity to reassure people that we have specially trained officers who investigate cases with a view to robust action being taken against offenders.

“Everyone has the right to live peacefully within their community and to go about their daily lives without harassment from others just because they are perceived to be different. We will take the strongest possible action against the offender.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident should contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police CC’. Alternatively, call 101 quoting incident reference 18200067304 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

*Warning Video contains swearing, offensive and racist language

What it’s your problem English Man? You hate me because I’m black? I love you because you’re son of God like me!#notoracism #naoaracismo #noalrazzismo

Posted by Pavel Vieira on Friday, 30 March 2018