PUBLISHED: 09:07, Fri, Sep 18, 2020 | UPDATED: 09:14, Fri, Sep 18, 2020
It was speculated that Alex Scott, 35, was in the running to be the new A Question of Sport host after Sue Barker said the BBC wanted to take the show in a "new direction" without long-serving host Sue Barker and team captains Phil Tufnell and Matt Dawson. Since this news, the former football sensation has been at the centre of "disgusting" racist trolling on social media.
Alex, who has previously spoken out about her traumatic experience with trolling, received more abuse following on from the speculation about her "new job".
Some of the comments on Twitter referred to her potential casting as a "box ticking exercise" while another said she had "no experience or good presentation skills".
A source has since spoken out about the "disgusting" comments Alex has received online.
"What should be a really exciting time for Alex has been marred by these awful Trolls," they began.
"Thousands of people have been supportive but it's the negative ones Alex will remember."
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Alex Scott 'in centre of trolling' after A Question Of Sport speculation (Image: GETTY)
Alex Scott in centre of 'disgusting' racist trolling (Image: PA)
They went on to tell the Daily Mail: "She's only human.
"It's ridiculous that racism is still around in this day and age and that people can be so nasty."
Express.co.uk has contacted representatives for Alex and the BBC for comment.
Football pundit Gary Lineker took to Twitter to congratulate Alex on news she had replaced long-serving host Sue on the show, despite it being shut down as "speculation".