Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger has blasted social media companies for not stamping out racist abuse – accusing them of putting money before protection.
The German international revealed he is the latest Premier League player to be targeted by sickening racially-driven attacks online.
And Rudiger, branded a traitor by some Chelsea fans after Frank Lampard’s sacking, reckons social media platforms are uninterested in catching the racists while making millions through them as followers.
Asked if Twitter and others need to do more, the Blues defender, 27, said: “At the end of the day, if more people are making accounts, they make money off it.
“So, personally, I don’t think these people care. For, as you know, this money has power. And the rest doesn’t matter.
Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger has blasted social media companies for not stamping out racist abuse
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“It’s hard to tell if people will change. I feel sorry about that. But I feel more sorry for people who are not strong enough as it really affects them, this type of stuff.
“Of course, it affects me, too, but I just think people are not normal. People are, sorry to say, stupid!”
Rudiger was out of favour in Lampard’s final months but has been recalled by new Blues coach boss Thomas Tuchel.
Antonio Rudiger alerted officials to alleged racism during a game against Tottenham last season
That has sparked some supporters blaming him for Lampard’s exit – and resulted in him receiving a barrage of racist posts.
Rudiger, 27, admitted: “I cannot control people, their emotions – and I don’t want to.
“But what I can say is people should be human beings. I didn’t post anything but the racial abuse was immense.
“This makes me stronger. I know who I am. I can look in the mirror, I can smile. I can put my hand up. I know I didn’t do anything.