Manchester City duo receive racist abuse online after Champions League loss


Facebook, owner of Instagram, said the abuse sent to players was “heinous” and said it acted quickly to remove a number of comments and accounts for breaking its rules.

“We continue to review and take action against those who violate our policies,” a spokesperson for the Facebook company said. “We have implemented security features, including comment filters and message controls, which can significantly reduce the abuse suffered by individuals.

“Nothing will solve this challenge overnight, but we are committed to doing what we can to protect our community from abuse.”

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Manchester City were not immediately available for comment and neither player has yet spoken publicly about the abuse.

The latest incident comes after a number of players have faced racism on social media this year, including Walker and Sterling on multiple occasions.

More recently, Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford said he received “at least 70 racial slurs” on social media following his side’s Europa League loss to Villarreal on Wednesday.

The Premier League, in unison with the rest of English football, staged a social media boycott from April 30 to May 3 to raise awareness of racial abuse directed against players and figures such as Thierry Henry have called for more to be done to tackle the problem.

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