Prince William attacks racist abuse of footballers | Daily News

Prince William attacks racist abuse of footballers

Prince  William
Prince William

London, Sunday: Britain’s Prince William has branded racist abuse directed at footballers “despicable” and said it “must stop now” after Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford became the latest player to be targeted.

William, who is the president of the Football Association, spoke out on Sunday after the Professional Footballers’ Association accused social media companies of lacking the willingness to clamp down on racist posts.

Chelsea defender Reece James, West Brom’s Romaine Sawyers and Rashford’s team-mates Axel Tuanzebe and Anthony Martial have all suffered online racist abuse over the past week.

Rashford was then targeted after United’s 0-0 draw at Arsenal on Saturday, prompting a police investigation.

William tweeted: “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.”

The PFA called on social networks to demonstrate they were truly committed to tackling a problem it says has been “at crisis point” for two years. AFP