The Football Association has vowed to work with the UK government and social media platforms to fight racism after numerous incidents last week involving Premier League players from Chelsea, West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United were affected by online abuse.
After his team’s goalless draw with Arsenal on Saturday, Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford claims he has been racially abused via social media platforms.
Rashford did not post screenshots of the offensive messages he received after the game, but tweeted “humanity and social media at worst.”
“Yes, I am a black man and I live proudly every day that I am. No one or no comment will make me feel any different. Sorry, if you’ve been looking for a strong reaction, you just won’t get it here. “
“I don’t share screenshots. It would be irresponsible to do so and, as you can imagine, there is nothing original in them. “
Later on Saturday, the FA redoubled its commitment to rooting out all forms of discrimination.
A statement posted on his official Twitter account on Saturday said: “We are united with all of football because we abhor any racial abuse. This is not acceptable in any part of society.
“We will continue to work with the rest of the game, the government and social media platforms to remove this – and all elements – of discrimination from our sport.”
The FA’s statement comes after several cases of abuse against Premier League players over the past week.
A man was arrested on Friday on suspicion of racist abuse of West Bromwich Albion midfielder Romaine Sawyers during the team’s 5-0 loss to Manchester City on Tuesday.
Also on Friday, Chelsea’s Reece James posted a screenshot of racist messages he received on Instagram, while Rashford’s Manchester United teammates Axel Tuanzebe and Anthony Martial were also reportedly targeted this week.
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