Online racism reaching crisis point, says UK sports minister

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Abuja (Sundiata Post) – racial abuse directed at football has reached a “crisis point” and social platforms must join forces authorities to tackle problem more quickly, Britain’s Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston said.

A host of at Premier League clubs have been targeted past few months, including Manchester United’s Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, Liverpool’s Trent-Alexander Arnold and Sadio Mane, and Chelsea’s Reece James.

Thursday, Huddleston, along current and former and representatives of English football’s governing bodies, took part a virtual meeting social companies to discuss problem.

“Racism plaguing players social has reached a crisis point,” Huddleston wrote Twitter after the meeting, adding that he had technology platforms and football authorities to join forces to create “real change”.

“Government is playing its part. This year we’re introducing new laws to tackle abuse but there’s no reason why there shouldn’t be immediate action from tech firms before that to bring about quicker solutions to this abhorrent behaviour.”

Last month, former Arsenal and France striker Thierry Henry deleted social media accounts to protest against platforms for not taking action against anonymous account holders who are guilty of racism and bullying .

Scottish champions Rangers and English Championship (-tier) side Swansea this month were among the teams to announce a week-long boycott of social media a stand against abuse.

Instagram in February said it remained committed in the fight against racism and announced a series of measures while Twitter vowed to continue its efforts after taking action on more than 700 cases of abuse related to soccer in Britain in 2019. (Reuters)