Liverpool Duo, Trent Alexander-Arnold And Naby Keita Subjected To Racist Abuse Online
Liverpool pair,Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita have been subjected to racist abuse on a social media platform, Instagram.
Both Liverpool players were targeted with abhorrent abuse across social media, with monkey emojis directed their way after Champions League quarter final defeat to Spanish giants, Real Madrid.
The filthy actions are the latest in a string of alarming online abuse within the football world, and it comes after English football bodies demanded action from Facebook and Twitter.
On Tuesday, Brentford striker Ivan Toney was subjected to similar racist abuse on Instagram, making it his second known experience. The 25-year-old revealed a private message sent to him after Brentford‘s goalless draw with Birmingham on Tuesday night. It included the word ‘monkey’ and a number of monkey and banana emojis.
A statement from Liverpool Football club reads:
Once again we are sadly discussing abhorrent racial abuse the morning after a football game. It is utterly unacceptable and it has to stop. LFC condemns all forms of discrimination and we continue to work with our inclusion partners through our Red Together initiative to campaign against it. As a club, we will offer our players any and all support that they may require.
The statement went further:
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.
Earlier this year, Manchester United players Axel Tuanzebe and Anthony Martial were abused following a Premier League defeat to Sheffield United.