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RACISM IN FOOTBALL: Is enough being done to combat online abuse?

 

When football returned in June 2020, teams began each match by taking the knee.

It was a show of solidarity that racism and discrimination have no place in football.

However, in early 2021, players began receiving racist abuse on social media after games.

Marcus Rashford was one of the players who spoke out against the abuse received online.

There have been calls for Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to clamp down on the abuse with stronger restrictions.

Instagram have responded by saying they will impose tougher sanctions on abuse.

They said, "We're announcing that we'll take tougher action when we become aware of people breaking our rules in DMs.

"Currently, when someone sends DMs that break our rules, we prohibit that person from sending any more messages for a set period of time.

"Now, if someone continues to send violating messages, we'll disable their account. We'll also disable new accounts created to get around our messaging restrictions, and will continue to disable accounts we find that are created purely to send abusive messages."


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