Reece James has shared some of the vile racist messages he received on social media and insisted ‘something needs to change’ after the Chelsea defender became the fourth player to be targeted this week.
James shared a screenshot of some of the abusive messages he received alongside his own caption: ‘Something needs to change!’.
Reece James is the latest footballer to be targeted with racial abuse on social media this week
The Chelsea defender shared a screenshot of the racist messages he received on Instagram
James later tweeted: ‘No room for RACISM’ after highlighting the abuse he had received
The England right back later tweeted: ‘No room for RACISM!!’
The abuse of James comes after the news that Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter will be handed fines for the abuse of footballers, if they fail to protect them under tough new rules drawn up by ministers.
This means they will have to deal with anonymous abusers so the police can take action, Sportsmail understands.
Axel Tuanzebe received racist abuse on Instagram following Manchester United’s defeat
Monkey emojis were posted on a picture the defender posted several weeks ago
Man United urged social media companies to ‘strengthen measures’ after being left ‘disgusted’ by the abuse Tuanzebe and Martial received.
One comment on Tuanzebe’s Instagram account read ‘DAMNNN N*****’ as well as several monkey emojis on a photograph of his United shirt and number, posted two weeks ago.
A United statement read: ‘Everyone at Manchester United is disgusted by the racial abuse received by players via social media after last night’s game.
‘We utterly condemn it and it is encouraging to see other fans condemn this on social media also.
‘Manchester United has zero tolerance of any form of racism or discrimination and a long-standing commitment to campaigning against it through our All Red All Equal initiative.
Anthony Martial (L) and Romaine Sawyers (R) were also targeted on social media this week
‘Identifying these anonymous mindless idiots remains problematic. We urge social media platforms and regulatory authorities to strengthen measures to prevent this kind of behaviour.’
The club’s Director of Communications, Charlie Brooks, said the United players are ‘sick’ of the ‘hate-filled’ abuse online and urged social media platforms to create verifiable and identifiable accounts so the perpetrators can be caught.
Now, Culture Secetary Oliver Dowden has said the government will deliver regulation, which will allow companies to be held to account for abuse on the online platforms – and that will include forcing companies to tackle anonymous abusers.
Jordan Henderson and Tyrone Mings have also held talks with Government ministers this week about tackling abuse in football.
Kick It Out chair Sanjay Bhandari said this week: ‘We are disappointed that players are continuing to be subject to racist abuse on their social platforms, it is completely unacceptable.
‘We will continue to work with the football authorities, law enforcement and social media companies to try and rid football of hateful and discriminatory behaviour.’