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Thierry Henry demands action over social media abuse as Arsenal legend explains decision to suspend accounts

ARSENAL legend Thierry Henry has demanded action into ongoing racism on social media.

The club’s record scorer with 228 announced his decision to quit social media on Friday because of racial abuse and online bullying.

Thierry Henry has called for social media to do more to stop racists


Thierry Henry has called for social media to do more to stop racistsCredit: AP

A whole host of footballers have been forced to endure disgusting racial comments and Henry wants his boycott to help ensure people are held accountable for their actions.

He told BBC’s Newsnight: “It was time to make a stand.

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“Things I used to hear in the stadiums and the streets are coming more and more into social media, especially in my community, and the sport I love the most, football.

“I thought it was time to make a stand and time to make people realise it is not OK to get abused online, it’s not OK to be bullied or harassed online.

“The impact it can have on your mental health is second to none, we know people are committing suicides because of it. Enough is enough. We need actions.

“It is too easy to get an account and get away with it at times.”

Henry, 43, added it was too easy for users to open accounts without giving away their identity allowing people to abuse others behind fake accounts.

He added: “It is not a safe place.

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“[Crystal Palace forward] Wilfried Zaha says when he goes on social media he is scared to look at the comments, it should not be like that. It should not be like you feel you should not do something.

“I think everybody should be concerned about what’s happening. All I’m saying is, ‘can it be a safe place?’ At the end of the day it is a great tool and is vital and a great way to connect with your fans, or to put out a statement to rectify something.

“But it is too easy for the people who are trying to harm people to get away with it and hide behind fake accounts. For me it is about accountability.”

Arsenal backed Henry’s decision, tweeting an image of Henry’s deleted account this morning with the caption: “This shouldn’t have to be the answer.”

In a campaign supported by the PFA, footballers boycotted social media for 24 hours in April 2019.

SunSport columnist and Watford star Troy Deeney has praised Henry, calling his brave stand a ‘hugely positive step’.

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