Police in Scotland have launched an investigation over “offensive” comments related to Scottish Premiership football club Aberdeen’s plans to build a new stadium.

The club is hoping to construct its new home at Kingsford, near to the Aberdeen bypass, but the plans have attracted criticism due to the proposed location of the stadium on greenbelt land and concerns over creating excess traffic in the area.

According to BBC Scotland, an individual seemingly supporting the plans made a comment on an online fan forum, saying: “Get in a van and take one for the team. The shopping centre bit will be busy this lunchtime.”

The comment comes just days after a number of people were killed in Barcelona, Spain, when a terrorist drove a van into pedestrians in the Las Ramblas area of the city.

The post has since been removed and the football club has openly criticised the comment, urging those backing the plans to support the project properly.

Police Scotland confirmed that it has received a complaint regarding “offensive comments posted on an online public forum” and has opened an investigation into the matter.

Sgt Alun Harries said: “Inquiries are ongoing in relation to this complaint, however I would ask anyone with information they think could assist to contact Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 if you would prefer to remain anonymous.

“I would like to take this opportunity to remind people of their responsibilities with regard to the law when it comes to posting comments online.

“Do not think that because you are behind a screen you are at liberty to say what you like – any report of racist, offensive or abusive comments made online will be thoroughly investigated and every effort made to bring those responsible to court.”

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