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Reece James victim of racial abuse on Instagram

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Chelsea right-back Reece James has become the latest Premier League star to come under racist abuse on social media.

There has been a worrying spike in racist abuse online in recent days, with Chelsea teammate Antonio Rudiger and Manchester United duo Anthony Martial and Axel Tuanzebe other leading targets of online racism.

Antonio Rudiger
Rudiger was targeted following the dismissal of Frank Lampard | Marc Atkins / Getty Images

Sadly, there is no sign the abuse has stopped just yet as James took to Instagram to reveal his own wave of abuse.

“Something has to change,” James wrote on the post, which contained slurs and slurs related to the color of the right-back’s skin color.

The abuse came just hours after West Bromwich Albion contacted police over allegations of racist abuse against midfielder Romaine Sawyers following the recent loss to Manchester City. The Baggies hope to ban the head of The Hawthorns for life and have called on the police to impose severe punishment.

“I am appalled to see the racial abuse suffered by players this week,” Premier League executive Richard Masters said in a statement. “Racist behavior in any form is unacceptable and no one should have to face it. Tackling hate online is a priority for football, and I think social media companies need to do more.

“In the Premier League, we will continue to support players, managers and their families who are victims of discriminatory abuse online. Through our central reporting system, we have been able to take immediate action on cases like this and investigate every report we receive, with legal action taken. when possible.

Reece James (Chelsea)
James called for change | MB Media / Getty Images

“We engage in regular dialogue with social media companies, challenging them to do more against discriminatory abuse on their platforms. We want to see faster removal of offensive messages and better identification and prohibition of offenders. ”

The Premier League has vowed to continue working with the relevant authorities and social media companies to try to find a way to rid platforms of racist abuse, including urging Twitter and Instagram to provide more support in identifying their users. .

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