COLLINGWOOD has condemned the racial vilification of veteran Travis Varcoe and abuse of forward Mason Cox.

Both players were attacked on social media during Friday night's 15-point loss to Essendon.

The Magpies have found that the author of the post is not a club member, but chief executive Mark Anderson said the matter could be handed to authorities.

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"The ignorance and prejudice in the comments is simply appalling," Anderson said.

"Today, the football community willingly accepts that we have an obligation to put a stop to abuse of our people. I do not understand how such comments continue to be made.

"We stand with Travis and Mason and against vilification of this or any other variety and will do whatever we can to call these individuals to account."

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In a tweet, Cox said: "I’m happy to take criticism. Not the first, won’t be the last but to say this about a brother is disgraceful. Look around you. There is no excuse. Listen, learn, and be better. Educate yourself because this is not OK."

The Magpies have called for anyone involved in the online conversation and with more information to contact the club.