Wigan's Nathan Byrne was subject of a racially abusive message on Twitter which called him a "filthy black *******", adding "I hope you and your family die you slave ****".
The vile abuse was shared in a screenshot on the Championship footballer's page.
Lancashire Police announced this morning (Monday) that they have been questioning a 20-year-old man from Sheffield over the message.
A spokesman for the Force said: "Following an incident where a racially offensive message was sent to a Wigan Athletic footballer on Twitter, a 20-year-old man from Sheffield contacted the police and then handed himself into Blackpool Police Station on Saturday evening (April 6th). He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence and malicious communications.
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"The man has since been released under investigation pending a charging decision by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
"We have kept the victim and the football club updated on this development."