Twitter has permanently suspended an account which was used to send racist abuse to Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah.
Nketiah, 21, is the latest high-profile footballer to receive racist abuse on social media. He was sent the racist message telling him to leave Arsenal in response to a training picture he posted on Twitter ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League tie against Benfica with the caption “Working with a smile!”.
High-profile players in both the men’s and women’s game have been victims of racial abuse on social media in recent weeks, while Premier League referee Mike Dean was subjected to death threats following a controversial decision.
Speaking at the Financial Times Business of Football summit on Thursday, Arsenal chief executive Vinai Venkatesham called on authorities and social media companies to “wake up” and not underestimate the impact the abuse has on victims.
He said: “You really can’t underestimate the impact abuse has on individuals. We have to take this opportunity as a wake-up call. Increasingly this type of abuse towards black players is becoming normalised. I think this a moment in time.
“There is psychological support to our players. Pro-actively track abuse players get. We support our players around when they want to take action and report it to the police. We do a lot. We can’t do this alone. How do you explain to a black footballer that pirated content is taken down in minutes, but not racist abuse?”
The Premier League, FA, EFL, WSL, Women’s Championship, PFA, LMA, PGMOL and Kick It Out all co-signed a letter earlier this month to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook founder, chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerburg, asking them “for reasons of basic human decency” to use the power of their systems to end the abuse.
Facebook-owned Instagram announced new measures, including the removal of accounts to prevent abusive messages on its platform and developing new controls to help reduce the abuse people see.
Twitter has also given users greater control over their conversations including allowing users to choose who can reply to conversations they start.
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