Chelsea defender Reece James has highlighted racial abuse he received on social media, insisting “something needs to change”.
Reece’s Instagram story highlighting one user’s abusive messages privately sent to him comes just days after Manchester United pair Axel Tuanzebe and Anthony Martial, and West Brom midfielder Romaine Sawyers were all racially abused online.
James posted a screenshot of a thread of racist messages sent to him by a user with the player’s own caption saying: “Something needs to change!”.
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Anti-racism group Kick It Out has condemned the recent abuse towards Tuanzebe, Martial and Sawyers, and says it will continue to work with social media companies and the relevant authorities to hold those responsible to account.
Kick It Out chair Sanjay Bhandari has said: “We are disappointed that players are continuing to be subject to racist abuse on their social platforms, it is completely unacceptable.
“We will continue to work with the football authorities, law enforcement and social media companies to try and rid football of hateful and discriminatory behaviour.”
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In a statement released on Friday, before James revealed the abuse he has received, Premier League chief executive Richard Masters condemned the racist abuse sent to Sawyers, Tuanzebe and Martial.
“I am appalled to…