There was coverage in the Daily Mirror, Birmingham Mail and the Evening Gazette of an incident at Middlesbrough football club where a 'minority' of fans allegedly ripped up a copy of the Qur'an during a club match against Birmingham City.
The police are treating the incident as a hate crime and are working with both football clubs.
PC Tim Gant from West Midlands Police, said: "Police are investigating a report of a hate crime which happened during the football match between Birmingham and Middlesbrough on Saturday 7 December.
"Officers are following a number of lines of inquiry including examining CCTV footage and are working closely with both clubs."
Middlesbrough Football Club (MFC) have vowed to ban anyone convicted of the crime from the Riverside Stadium for life with the club confirming that two individuals "have been suspended from attending 'Boro matches".
A spokesman for MFC said the club is a "strong supporter of football's pledge to eradicate racism and intolerance in all its forms."
Khalid Mahmood, MP for Perry Barr, said the alleged offenders should be charged with incitement to religious hatred.
A group of Middlesbrough fans called Red Faction have organised an anti-racism march before the next home match to counter any suspected racism and religious intolerance following the incident. Middlesbrough players will wear T-shirts from the Kick it Out campaign, which works with footballers to eradicate racism in sport. Anti-discrimination messages will also be displayed on the big screen and team mascots will lead the team out with a Kick It Out flag.
Steve Fletcher, a member of Red Faction, said "it's a direct response to the incident… at the Birmingham away game when a minority of supporters ripped up the Qur'an.
"That does not represent Middlesbrough Football Club and its supporters.
"Middlesbrough supporters are not racists and any form of discrimination is not acceptable."
MFC's efforts to tackle racism follows the Professional Footballers' Association's plans to adopt stricter measures to tackle and monitor racism in football, including Islamophobia.