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Duke of Cambridge: Football Association president calls for racist abuse of footballers to stop

Marcus Rashford played in Manchester United’s 0-0 draw at Arsenal on Saturday

The Duke of Cambridge has called for racist abuse aimed at footballers to stop, calling it “despicable”.

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford was the latest player subjected to racist abuse this weekend after a series of incidents.

On Sunday, Greater Manchester Police began an investigation into the abuse.

And writing on Twitterexternal-link, Prince William, who is also the president of the Football Association, praised those who had spoken out.

He said: “Racist abuse – whether on the pitch, in the stands, or on social media – is despicable and it must stop now.

“We all have a responsibility to create an environment where such abuse is not tolerated, and those who choose to spread hate and division are held accountable for their actions. That responsibility extends to the platforms where so much of this activity now takes place.

“I commend all those players, supporters, clubs and organisations who continue to call out and condemn this abuse in the strongest terms.”

The abuse aimed at Rashford on Saturday followed similar treatment of team-mates Axel Tuanzebe and Anthony Martial.

“A number of these comments have been reported to us and we are liaising with those involved to provide support and we will be investigating these crimes thoroughly,” said a Greater Manchester Police (GMP) statement.external-link

Rashford described the abuse as “humanity and social media at its worst”.

The 22-year-old, who was awarded the MBE for his work fighting child food poverty, received multiple racist messages on Instagram on Saturday.

They were sent to the England striker after United’s 0-0 draw with Arsenal.

“I’m a black man and I live every day proud that I am,” he said on Twitter.external-link

“No-one, or no one comment, is going to make me feel any different. So sorry if you were looking for a strong reaction, you’re just simply not going to get it here.

“I’m not sharing screenshots. It would be…

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