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Feb 09, 2021

The FA and FIFPRO have joined Women in Football, The PFA, Premier League,

The FA and FIFPRO have joined Women in Football, The PFA, Premier League,

The FA and FIFPRO have joined Women in Football, The PFA, Premier League, Kick It Out and others in the football industry in calling on effective protections against racial abuse and hate-speech on social media.

Footballers Lauren James and Axel Tuanzebe faced discriminatory abuse in another shameful weekend just days after Marcus Rashford MBE and Reece James were targeted online.

In powerful statements both The FA and FIFPRO demanded that action rather than words, is needed.

“Social media companies need to step up and take accountability and ban users from their platforms, gather evidence that can lead to prosecution and support making their platforms free from this type of abhorrent abuse,” said The FA.

FIFPRO, who support 65,000 professional footballers globally, said that social media platforms “have largely failed” when it comes to addressing abusive behaviour in a strong and unequivocal manner.

A recent study conducted by the Professional Footballers Association , one of their member organisations, suggested that more than 40 per cent of players in England are victims of targeted racist attacks online.

“Football players who have publicly and eloquently denounced online abuse have helped to highlight the serious and repetitive nature of these attacks,” said FIFPRO General Secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann.

“All of these players will receive our continuous support to call out the lack of care and adequate protection provided by social media companies.

“We now urgently need both national and international authorities to step in and collaborate to make these companies clean up their platforms and remove the stream of abhorrent discrimination that continues to contaminate both public channels and personal lives on every continent.”

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