AN investigation has been launched after Kelty Hearts striker Nathan Austin alleged he was racially abused in his side's League Two win at Albion Rovers.

The forward scored a hat-trick in the 3-0 victory on Saturday but posted after the match he was targeted by a home supporter.

Kelty and Rovers say they are looking into the matter.

"A perfect hat-trick tarnished by an Albion fan," Austin tweeted.

"I guess that's the world we live in."

Kelty, who were promoted to League Two in the summer, later released a statement supporting their player.

"An investigation is underway with our friends from Albion Rovers FC," it said.

"Kelty Hearts Football Club shall support all of our players and members fully against racism of any kind, we strongly condemn racism and are totally committed to the elimination of all forms of discrimination."

An Albion Rovers statement said: "We take seriously the allegations that have been made and condemn racism in all its forms.

"We will support the football authorities and law enforcement in bringing any perpetrators to justice."