Police are investigating online racism against footballers as Prince William criticized “despicable” abuse and put more pressure on Facebook and Twitter to crack down on him
- Greater Manchester Police are investigating racist abuse against football players
- Man United star Marcus Rashford was molested online after the game on Saturday
- Axel Tuanzebe and Anthony Martial continued to target after the Sheffield United defeat
- The Duke of Cambridge has condemned racist abuse of footballers as “despicable”.
- Prince William, the president of the FA, urges social media companies to do more to address the problem
Police have launched an investigation into racist trolls who attacked and abused Marcus Rashford and several other black Premier League footballers.
The 23-year-old English striker Rashford received “n *****” bows and animal emojis after Manchester United’s goalless draw with Arsenal on Saturday.
Days earlier, the club had beaten the “disgusting” racist abuse of defender Axel Tuanzebe and striker Anthony Martial after the shock loss to Sheffield United in the middle of the week.
Refusing to give the trolls the “strong reaction” they were looking for, the star said in a defiant statement about the abuse, “Yes, I am a black man and every day I live proudly that I am” .
Marcus Rashford has spoken out after experiencing heinous racist abuse on social media following Saturday’s draw against Arsenal
Greater Manchester Police are investigating after Axel Tuanzebe (left) and Anthony Martial (right) received racist abuse
Greater Manchester Police have since confirmed they have opened an investigation into the online targeting of the three players.
Instagram confirmed that it had banned the perpetrators’ accounts and would also start an investigation.
A 49-year-old man was recently arrested online on suspicion of racist abuse by West Broms Romaine Sawyers after the Baggies defeated Manchester City.
The news comes when Prince William called for crackdown on racial abuse in football after Marcus Rashford became the latest star to be targeted online.
The Duke of Cambridge, who is president of the football association, condemned the “despicable” racist abuse still seen in the game and called on social media companies to root out abusive posts.
A series of tweets seeks to hold polluted people accountable for their actions for attempting to “spread hatred and division”.
“Racial abuse – whether on the field, in the stands or on social media – is despicable and must stop now,” the prince said in a post.
Prince William has condemned the “despicable” racist abuse against football players and fans