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'When is this going to stop?' - Man City star Walker becomes latest Premier League player to suffer online racist abuse

10:40 BST 26/04/2021
Kyle Walker Man City 2020-21
The England international hit out at social media trolls after featuring in Sunday's Carabao Cup final

Manchester City star Kyle Walker has become the latest Premier League player to suffer racist abuse online.

Walker was targeted by social media trolls after helping City beat Tottenham 1-0 in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday.

The 30-year-old posted evidence of the abuse on his Instagram account while expressing his frustration over the lack of protection currently afforded to players online.

What's been said?

Walker received the following message on social media from an account with just three followers after playing the full 90 minutes at Wembley: "Hello you unlucky sole you have fallen victim to one of my racial ratios."

The user in question went on to deliver a series of racial slurs, as Walker highlighted in his post with the caption: "When is this going to stop?”

What steps are being taken to combat racism on social media?

Walker's message came five days before the beginning of a social media boycott that has been organised by English football authorities in a bid to improve the safety measures on public platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

The men's and women's professional game will stage the boycott across a whole weekend of fixtures running from Friday to Monday, with all clubs from the Premier League, EFL, WSL and Women's Championship set to switch off their online accounts.

English football officials also wrote an open letter to Facebook and Twitter back in February urging the companies to improve their verification process, block all accounts responsible for any abuse and remove all offensive posts.

Which other players have been targeted this season?

A whole host of other Premier League stars have been subjected to racist abuse this term, including Manchester United duo Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, Liverpool's Trent-Alexander Arnold and Sadio Mane, and Chelsea full-back Reece James. 

Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings and Tottenham talisman Son Heung-min have also been targeted, while Arsenal legend Thierry Henry recently announced his decision to come off social media entirely after continually suffering racism and bullying online.

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