We still have a big problem in football, and it’s not going away.
For years now the sport has been trying to combat the prevalence of racism. Campaigns such as ‘Kick It Out’ have tried continuously to raise awareness, while ‘No To Racism’ has employed the biggest global stars to spread their influence to the far reaches of the world. Yet the “beautiful” game remains littered with unacceptable incidences of racial discrimination.
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Manchester United players Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford, as well as Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham, were all targeted by vile attacks on social media following their respective penalty misses in August. Romelu Lukaku was also recently abused by Cagliari fans when playing for new club Inter Milan.
Twitter has since defended its abuse policy, claiming it had met “directly affected” clubs in an attempt to “tackle the issue collectively” (as per BBC Sport). “This vile content has no place on our service,” it reportedly said in a statement. It added, “we want to play our part in curbing this unacceptable behaviour.”
According to the social media platform’s most recent transparency report from July 2018 to December 2018, Twitter only penalised seven percent of the 7.2m accounts reported for abuse or hateful conduct.
More decisive action like requiring users to supply a passport before starting up an account would go some way towards preventing future crimes.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Watford forward Troy Deeney revealed his thoughts on what needs to be done…
“Ultimately it’s a hate crime, no matter which way you look at it.”
“The answer is bigger penalties, and also more pressure on the police to deal with it.”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) September 6, 2019