Liverpool condemn social media abuse after players sent racist emojis
8 April, 2021, 11:13 am
Liverpool has called on social media platforms to take the “strongest possible preventative measures” over racist abuse after Trent Alexander-Arnold, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita were targeted.
The three players have been inundated with messages and replies featuring monkey emojis on Instagram, leading to Liverpool releasing a statement on their website.
“Once again we are sadly discussing abhorrent racial abuse the morning after a football game. It is utterly unacceptable and it has to stop,” they said after Wednesday’s defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League.
“As a club, we will offer our players any and all support that they may require. The current situation cannot be allowed to continue and it is incumbent on all of us to ensure it does not.
“LFC condemns all forms of discrimination and we continue to work with our inclusion partners through our Red Together initiative to campaign against it.”
The statement continued: “As a club, we will offer our players any and all support that they may require. We will also work with the relevant authorities to identify and, if possible, prosecute those responsible.
“We know that this will not be enough until the strongest possible preventative measures are taken by social media platforms and the regulatory bodies which govern them.
“The current situation cannot be allowed to continue and it is incumbent on all of us to ensure that it does not.”