FORMER Southend United skipper Anton Ferdinand has been racially abused on social media while promoting his new anti-racism documentary.

The 35-year-old, who made 71 appearance for the Shrimpers between 2016 and 2018, received the abuse on Instagram after plugging his new project 'Anton Ferdinand: Football, racism and me' which will be shown on BBC One on Monday.

Ferdinand posted: "In the doc, I explore the issue of racial abuse in the game, talking about my own experiences for the first time and what can be done to help players coming through today!"

A follower responded with banana and monkey emojis.

Ferdinand, who is based in Billericay, was at QPR when he was allegedly on the receiving end of racist abuse from Chelsea's John Terry during a London derby in 2011.

 ‘Anton Ferdinand: Football, Racism and Me’ airs on BBC One on Monday, November 30 at 9pm.