Reece James racist troll tracked down in Middle East just three weeks before World Cup in Qatar

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A RACIST troll who abused England ace Reece James has been tracked down to the Middle East just three weeks before the World Cup starts in Qatar.

An arrest is imminent after the Chelsea defender, 22, gave statements to Instagram, police and officials abroad.

Reece told The Sun: “It’s tough.”

Trolling victim Reece has told how he is determined to fight back against the online menace saying: “Whenever I see it I report it.”

The England ace spoke out as the net was closing on a racist tormentor who targeted him.

The vile troll has been tracked down to the Middle East — just three weeks before the World Cup in Qatar.

An arrest is imminent.

Chelsea star Reece told The Sun: “I get (racist) messages here and there, but I’ve never really had it face to face.

“It’s always the way (that trolls hide behind the keyboard); whenever I see it I report it.

“It’s one of those things that is hard to control. Most of the time they are fake accounts.”

He reported a chain of racist abuse from a mysterious account.

Starting in February of last year, Reece gave statements to Instagram, the Met Police and officials abroad — and now the culprit is finally on the verge of being nicked.

Reece admitted: “It’s tough, when you have to take so much time on interviews and statements, and then it doesn’t lead to anything.

“I had this one last season, monkey emojis and stuff.

“Before I didn’t really open my messages, but one day I managed to see it, and reported it.”

After posting a photo of him training, a man — using an account name of mhmd.awada — also wrote: “How can you f live with dirty black skin?”, plus other vile racist slurs.

He followed this up with several monkey emojis and vomiting faces.

Reece reported the racist troll and abuse to Instagram and alerted support staff at Chelsea.

The club acted decisively, and in an unprecedented move, then owner Roman Abramovich wrote to every player telling them he was “appalled” at the abuse suffered by their talented right-back.

The billionaire tycoon pledged to provide additional funding for the club’s anti-racism efforts.

As a result, the Met Police’s ­specialist football unit began investigating and located the account.

They have since been liaising with cops in the Middle East.

Last night a source said: “There’s been a lot of conversation between police from both regions — everyone has been taking this case seriously.

“It’s vital players feel supported and listened to, and know that all efforts are being made to clamp down on racism within the game.

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