Social media platforms ‘must do better’ to stop racist abuse, says PFA

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The Professional Footballers’ Association has called for social media platforms to “do better” and help stop racist abuse towards players.

Jadon Sancho, Bukayo Saka and Marcus Rashford were all targeted after England’s Euros defeat to Italy.

The racism has been condemned by the Football Association, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and The Duke Of Cambridge, while the Metropolitan Police is investigating.

League Two side Leyton Orient have banned one supporter this morning, with the PFA saying “when you abuse any of our players, you abuse all of us.”

Twitter say they deleted more than 1,000 offensive tweets and blocked accounts after the match but the PFA say social media platforms must do more.

The PFA said in a statement: “Racist abuse causes trauma. It will impact the targeted players, their team-mates, and we know it will also affect their peers. It causes hurt to all the other fans who view online hate, and it will inevitably live with the next aspiring generation of young players.

“Unfortunately, the abusive messages were all too predictable. However, the intervention from social media companies is insufficient, and it is allowing racist abuse to thrive on the platforms.

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“Social platforms must permanently ban all offending accounts and proactively compile evidence to give to the police to pursue prosecution. We have collectively called out unsatisfactory policies and action around racist abuse for years - and still, it continues.

“There has been talk of strong commitments and tough measures from the social networks. Based on the evidence so far, we’re not buying it. Social networks, we need you to do better.”

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