Chelsea FC star Callum Hudson-Odoi: I feel like racist abuse online will always be there

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Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi says he fears racism online will never go away and revealed his pain in knowing his family are able to see abuse directed at him.

English football has united in a social media blackout this weekend in protest against the abuse aimed at numerous players in recent weeks and months.

Players, clubs and governing bodies are all involved, with media outlets, teams and players from other sports, and even Prince William also joining the cause.

Hudson-Odoi believes the onus is on social media companies to do more to identify the perpetrators, but admits he is not optimistic about the prospects of meaningful change.

“With most of the comments, we can say something about it but it never gets dealt with,” he told the Chelsea club website. “I feel like the situation will always still be there. They [social media companies] don’t do enough to punish the people that say certain things or bring up racist abuse.

“Sometimes it’s just let go so I think they need to start being more ruthless in what they do with actions. Hopefully they can punish the people who create certain things because if we don’t then they’re going to carry on and keep going until who knows when.”

The England international has been targeted by racists both in person and online during his time in football, and says knowing that his family see the abuse makes it all the more difficult.

“As players, we try to give our best every time we step on the pitch so seeing those comments when things don’t go our way is really hurtful,” he added.

“My family see it as well and they’re just thinking ‘wow, my son is receiving all this abuse.’ It’s hard to take, especially as parents when you see people calling your son all these things.”

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