Sterling City Walker suffered racist crimes on social media
Manchester City players Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker suffered racist posts on Instagram after the team lost 1-0 to Chelsea in the Champions League final on Saturday (29), and the social media company removed the violated user accounts.
Sky Sports reported that the two received a series of monkey emojis on their Instagram profiles after the game.
Sterling was also targeted after City’s semi-final victory over Paris Saint-Germain.
“The racist abuse these players suffered last night is heinous and we don’t want them to be on Instagram,” a representative of Facebook, owner of the Instagram site, said on Sunday. “We have quickly removed a series of comments and accounts for breaking our rules and will continue to investigate and take action against those who break our rules.” “Nothing will solve this challenge overnight, but we are committed to doing what we can to protect our society from abuse,” he added.
Several Premier League players have suffered similar attacks in recent months, including Manchester United’s Anthony Martial, Liverpool’s Trent Alexander Arnold, Sadio Mane and Chelsea’s Reese James.
Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford said he was subjected to “at least 70 racist slanders” on social media after his loss last Wednesday to Villarreal in the Europa League final.
In February, English football agencies sent an open letter to Facebook and Twitter calling for more active positions to remove offensive posts, as well as to improve user verification.
Instagram announced action and took action on Twitter for over 700 UK football-related violations in 2019.
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