Alex Scott hit with racist trolling after being tipped as Question of Sport host

Television presenter Alex Scott has reportedly been bombarded by vile messages from racist trolls after being rumoured as the new host of A Question of Sport.

The former England defender, 35, is thought to have received thousands of "abusive and disgusting" comments on social media following the news that she is in the running to replace veteran host Sue Barker, 64, as the main presenter of the BBC quiz show.

Some slammed the reports of Alex taking over Sue as "box-ticking" and "tokenism", with many accusing the BBC of agism for giving ex-tennis star the boot after 24 years as the face of the show.

It led to former Strictly Come Dancing star Alex, of Jamaican and Irish descent, being approached by Phillip Grindell who set up Defuse, a troll-hunting business that protect famous faces.

The firm was created by the Jo Cox Foundation, which was established after the Labour MP was killed in 2016 by a far-right extremist.

A source told The Sun: "What should be a really exciting time for Alex has been marred by these awful trolls.

“The abuse she’s received across Twitter and other social media platforms has been disgusting.

“Thousands of people have been supportive but it’s the negative ones Alex will remember. She’s only human.”

“Defuse contacted her team to offer their services; that’s how bad things are. It’s ridiculous that racism is still around in this day and age and that people can be so nasty."

Alex has insisted that her A Question Of Sport hosting job was not a done deal on Instagram on Friday as she thanked fans for their loyal support.

Writing alongside a photo of herself wearing an Arsenal football jersey: "The love & support shown to me yesterday has me smiling through the weekend #thankyou I am going to #keeponkeepingon like always!

"The only thing that is signed sealed delivered that I am buzzing about right now though is…[email protected] @Arsenal #COYG."

Her words came after Match of the Day's Gary, 59, was accused of race-baiting when he tweeted a rumour as fact and urged people not to have a problem with the appointment.

He wrote on Thursday: "Congratulations and good luck to @AlexScott on being the new host for Question of Sport."

The BBC was forced to deny claims Alex had got the role, saying that nothing had been decided just yet.

A BBC Spokesperson told MailOnline: "This is all speculation, and no conversations have been made about the future line-up."

Alex recently stepped in as guest presenter on The One Show alongside Welsh presenter Alex Jones.

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