The Professional Footballer’s Association (PFA) challenged social networks to act right after Wright and Agbonlahor suffer racist abuse. The PFA said it is unacceptable that the kind of racist abuse received by Ian Wright and Gabriel Agbonlahor was not prevented.
The PFA posted on social network Twitter, saying: “We are disgusted to see the racist abuse aimed at Ian Wright and Gabriel Agbonlahor and their families today. At any time, this is an abhorrent behavior. People should be coming together more than ever at a time like this, this is particularly disturbing.”
Former Arsenal and England International, Wright, on Monday showed a screenshot of racist taunts and death threats he said were sent by a user on Instagram.
He wrote: “I know I’m not meant to look at them but these messages still hit me so hard man. This is a child! This kid as a direct line into me and is able to send without any worry. ”
Ex-Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor was also a victim of racist abuse on Instagram through a direct message, causing anti-discrimination body Kick It Out, to say it was appalled. In a statement, it said: “Racial hate speech and violent threats are totally unacceptable but have become sadly normalized on social media.”
“It is unacceptable for social networks to allow instances like this to go on. With the technology and expertise at their disposal, there must be a way to prevent abuses of this nature from being sent. Anything less than this is not good enough. Cases of this kind should be investigated by law enforcement and the offenders should receive criminal penalties.” they added.
By Walter Ifeakanwa