Chelsea right-back Reece James has revealed he has been the target of racist abuse on social media.
James’ post came in the same week thatManchester United pair Axel Tuanzebe and Anthony Martial were also racially abused following the Red Devils’ 2-1 loss to Sheffield United on Wednesday.
After the game, United released a statement condemningthe discrimination while alsocalling for social media companies to better police their platforms.
“Everyone at Manchester United is disgusted by the racial abuse received by players via social media after last night’s game,”a statement read. “We utterly condemn it and it is encouraging to see other fans condemn this on social media also.
“Manchester United has zero tolerance of any form of racism or discrimination and a long-standing commitment to campaigning against it through our All Red All Equal initiative. Identifying these anonymous mindless idiots remains problematic.
“We urge social media platforms and regulatory authorities to strengthen measures to prevent this kind of behaviour.”
Anti-racism group Kick It Out also condemned the abuse in a statement.
Kick It Out chair Sanjay Bhandari said: “We are disappointed that players are continuing to be subject to racist abuse on their social platforms, it is completely unacceptable.
“We will continue to work with the football authorities, law enforcement and social media companies to try and rid football of hateful and discriminatory behaviour.
“As we have said before, online hate must have real-life consequences, so people don’t continue to spread hate as freely as they wish. The individuals responsible for this abuse will hopefully be identified by the social media platforms and swiftly removed.
Source : goal.com