POLICE are investigating death threats to Swindon Town footballer Aaron Brown.

Malicious phone calls have been made to the club regarding the 26-year-old winger.

The former Bristol City and Queens Park Rangers player fell foul of the fans during pre-season when he requested a move, later admitting he had made a mistake.

More recently he was forced to apologise after gesturing to a section of Robins supporters at the 1-0 defeat to Barnet last week.

His actions resulted in booing from some Town fans against Chester at the weekend.

Brown apologised and manager Paul Sturrock has insisted the player will be staying.

The threatening calls were made to the club on Monday and chief executive Martyn Starnes immediately contacted the police.

Swindon police's football liaison officer PC James Neighbour said: "We got a call from the club saying one player had received death threats.

"We obviously take these things seriously and we are looking into it. Inquiries are ongoing.

"We are monitoring the situation and anything that comes in will be treated with the seriousness that it dictates."

Swindon's next game is away to Stockport on Saturday.

PC Neighbour said: "The threats emanate from two things.

"First of all he said he wanted to leave at the start of the season and then there was a hand gesture after the Barnet match.

"We will see how it goes at the next match.

"I am in contact with the club on a regular basis. The chief executive rang it through to us so obviously there is a degree of concern."

Swindon Town declined to comment on the alleged threats.

Anyone with information on the threats should call Swindon police on 0845 408 7000 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.