Twitter have agreed to discuss racism with football anti-discrimination group Kick It Out for the first time after Tammy Abraham was subject to racist abuse following Chelsea’s 5-4 penalty shootout defeat to Liverpool in the Super Cup final on Wednesday night.
Kick It Out released a statement demanding that social media platforms including Twitter “tackle (the) insidious problem” of racist abuse online, which is sadly still a prominent part of the game.
— Kick It Out (@kickitout) August 15, 2019
Chelsea condemned the abuse Abraham received after Wednesday’s game, releasing a statement saying “We are disgusted with the abhorrent posts we have seen on social media. Chelsea FC finds all forms of discriminatory behaviour unacceptable. It has no place at this club and where there is clear evidence of Chelsea season ticket holders or members involved in such behaviour, we will take the strongest possible action against them.
— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) August 15, 2019
Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford also came out in support of Abraham on Twitter, rightly saying that young English talent should be celebrated rather than suffer from disgraceful racial abuse in 2019.
The problem with raciast abuse in the game continues to persist, with Queens Park Rangers U18s walking off the pitch during a recent friendly in Spain following racist abuse, and reports reports of abuse in professional and grassroots football increased by 32 per cent to 422, compared to 319 during the 2017/18 campaign.
Hopefully, following advice and discussion with Kick It Out, Twitter will take some hard line action to combat racism on their platform, and that people are held accountable for their actions.