Manchester City striker Raheem Sterling and defender Kyle Walker suffered racist abuse on Instagram following the team’s 1-0 loss to Chelsea in the Champions League final on Saturday, Sky Sports reported .
The report states that the couple received monkey emojis on their Instagram pages after the game.
Sterling has also been targeted after City’s semi-final victory over Paris St Germain, shortly after the English football’s social media boycott campaign ended earlier this month.
Reuters reached out to Instagram owner Facebook for comment.
Several Premier League club players have been targeted in recent months, including United’s Anthony Martial, Liverpool’s Trent-Alexander Arnold and Sadio Mane and Chelsea’s Reece James.
Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford said he was subjected to “at least 70 racial slurs” on social media following Wednesday’s loss to Villarreal in the Europa League final. Read more
In February, English football organizations sent an open letter to Facebook and Twitter, urging the blocking and swift removal of offensive posts, as well as an improved verification process for users.
Instagram has announced new measures and Twitter has pledged to continue its efforts after taking action in more than 700 cases of football-related abuse in Britain in 2019.
Britain said this month that a planned new law would see social media companies fined up to 10% of revenue or £ 18million ($ 25.56million) if they failed to eliminate online abuse, while senior executives could also face criminal charges. Read more
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