Premier League clubs urge players to report online abuse to the POLICE after a spate of top-flight stars were subjected to racist attacks on social media
- Premier League clubs are advising players to report social media abuse to police
- They are taking a zero tolerance approach to the worrying trend online
- Most recently, a man, 49, was arrested for messages to WBA’s Romaine Sawyers
Premier League clubs are advising their players to report all instances of social media abuse to the police.
They are taking a zero tolerance approach to the worrying trend after a spate of footballers were recently subjected to racial abuse online.
So far, only a handful of cases have been dealt with by the authorities — most recently a 49-year-old man was arrested over messages sent to West Bromwich player Romaine Sawyers last week.
Premier League clubs are advising players to report all instances of social media abuse after Marcus Rashford spoke out following messages online
A man, 49, was arrested over messages sent to West Bromwich player Romaine Sawyers
The issue of online racist abuse directed at footballers reared its head again when Marcus Rashford, Reece James, Anthony Martial, Axel Tuanzebe and Sawyers suffered online attacks last week, while Sportsmail knows of at least one other Premier League player targeted in recent days.
It is feared the public examples of online abuse are the tip of the iceberg, amid concerns the problem is much more widespread.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: ‘We all know there’s freedom of speech but this crosses a line of what is acceptable. This is unacceptable behaviour in 2021.
Greater Manchester Police have launched an investigation after Axel Tuanzebe (left) and Anthony Martial (right) received racist abuse
‘The ignorance, you feel sorry for them.
‘We’ve got to help them and sometimes you help them by taking away the chance to express themselves.
‘It’s good that we talk about it and highlight it. It happens all across society and it has to be stopped.’
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