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Premier League chief executive condemns racist abuse of players

Friday 29 January 2021 17:30

The Premier League published the following news story on its website on Friday afternoon...

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters has condemned the racist abuse sent to Manchester United players Axel Tuanzebe and Anthony Martial and West Bromwich Albion’s Romaine Sawyers. The players and their families were all victims of online abuse this week.

Masters said: "I am appalled to see the racial abuse received by players this week. Racist behaviour of any form is unacceptable and nobody should have to deal with it. Tackling online hate is a priority for football, and I believe social media companies need to do more.

“We at the Premier League will continue to support players, managers and their families who receive discriminatory online abuse. Through our central reporting system we have been able to take immediate action on cases like this and we investigate every report received, with legal action taken where possible.

United issue statement on racial abuse


The club responds to messages posted on social media following the defeat to Sheffield United.

"We are in regular dialogue with social media companies, challenging them to do more against discriminatory abuse on their platforms. We want to see swifter removal of offensive messages and improved identification and banning of offenders."

The Premier League and our clubs will continue to work with the police, Crown Prosecution Service, Kick It Out, the PFA, LMA, The FA, EFL and social media companies to take action and show discrimination will not be tolerated.

Social media companies are being urged to provide greater support in user identification to help the Premier League and law enforcement bodies identify offenders and bring them to justice.
The Premier League’s online abuse reporting system was launched last year to support players, managers and their family members who receive this sort of serious discriminatory online abuse.

Through the central rapid-response reporting system, each case will be reviewed, reported to the relevant social media company, investigated and legal action taken where appropriate.

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