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Women’s football aces call on social media firms to root out racially abusive accounts


STARS of the women’s game have called on tech giants to tackle racist trolls online following an abusive post aimed at Rinsola Babajide. 

The England and Liverpool Women’s forward, 22, shared a screengrab of a shocking slur sent to her via Instagram in which an account used the N-word. 

Liverpool winger Rinsola Babajide has been the target of a racist message posted on Instagram

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Liverpool winger Rinsola Babajide has been the target of a racist message posted on InstagramCredit: PA
The Lionesses' official Twitter account has called on social media companies to take action against racist abuse online

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The Lionesses’ official Twitter account has called on social media companies to take action against racist abuse online

In the post, a user going by the name azliz1 said: “Football is only for men you n*****. 

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However, Instagram surprised some users who reported the derogatory message by stating the account ‘doesn’t go against our Community Guidelines’. 

Several football aces including former Liverpool Women’s boss Vicky Jepson are demanding action against racially abusive trolls.

And some figures are directing their anger at Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #EnoughIsEnough

Jepson, 33, said: “Social media needs to seriously step up and put a stop to this type of behaviour!”

Jepson’s words were echoed by Chelsea keeper Carly Telford who called on Instagram to ‘do better’.

And Wales midfield ace Jess Fishlock and her international team-mate Helen Ward have warned social firms to ‘step up’. 

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Growing calls for a clampdown came on a day in which Swansea City announced they would be boycotting social media platforms created for their men’s and women’s teams for one week.

In a statement, the Championship side said it was taking action after several players were subjected to ‘abhorrent abuse’.

And the EFL team’s boycott of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, TikTok and Snapchat, comes after Jamal Lowe and two of his team-mates were targeted online. 

Jamal Lowe is one of three Swansea City players who have been targeted by accounts posting racist messages

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Jamal Lowe is one of three Swansea City players who have been targeted by accounts posting racist messagesCredit: Mike Jones/News Images

Swansea captain Matt Grimes said: “As a close and diverse group of players, this is something we all feel extremely passionate about. 

“Three of our squad have been racially abused in recent weeks and, as a squad and club, we wanted to take this stance as we again call on those at the forefront of social media companies to implement the change that is needed now and in the future.

“I find it staggering that we are still talking about racism and abuse of this kind.

“We are acutely aware of the pressures within football at this level, but it shouldn’t be underestimated as to how such levels of abuse can affect someone.

“Social media has provided so many positives over the last decade, however, the sickening and vile abuse that we are seeing on a daily and weekly basis is wholly unacceptable, and we hope that this stance across the club will be supported by everyone.

Helen Ward is calling on social media firms to tackle racist abuse online

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Helen Ward is calling on social media firms to tackle racist abuse onlineCredit: Getty

“We are a family, and we will always stand shoulder to shoulder with each other, whether that’s on the pitch or helping to fight injustice off it.”

Facebook, who are the owners of Instagram, told SunSport that discrimination had no place on its platforms. 

They also claimed they “want to hold people who share it accountable”.

Swansea skipper Matt Grimes says the online abuse faced by his team-mates is 'wholly unacceptable'.

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Swansea skipper Matt Grimes says the online abuse faced by his team-mates is ‘wholly unacceptable’.Credit: Rex





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