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Rashford calls on social media firms to tackle racist abuse

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Marcus Rashford has told Sky Sports that social media companies need to do more to put an end to online abuse, saying it ‘should be easy to stop’.

The United star and his team mates Anthony Martial and Axel Tuanzebe are just a few of the high profile footballers who have recently suffered racist abuse.

The 23-year-old says anyone responsible should have their social media accounts ‘deleted straight away

“Online abuse should be easy to stop,” he said. “You just deactivate the accounts.

The Premier League, FA, EFL, WSL, Women’s Championship, PFA, LMA, PGMOL and Kick It Out all co-signed an open letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook founder, chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, demanding immediate action over numerous incidents of abuse  aimed at footballers and officials.

Instagram announced measures including the removal of accounts to prevent abusive messages on its platform, while Twitter condemned the behaviour and vowed to work closely with the football community to tackle the unacceptable behaviour.


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