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13 September 2019

"The abuse is going to get worse if no one does anything about it"

Luke Chambers has joined the growing number in football calling on social media companies to act against online abuse.

Manchester United duo Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba and Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma have been victims of racist abuse on Twitter over the last few weeks, with the football authorities and some Premier League clubs beginning to hold dialogue with social media companies on combating the problem.    

“It is unacceptable, any form of abuse - not just racism. These people shouldn’t be allowed to get away with saying what they want on social media,” the Town skipper writes in his column in Saturday’s matchday programme.

“There is talk of people having to give identity details now to use the social media platforms and I can’t see anything against that as long as the data is protected.

“The abuse on social media has always been there but it’s getting worse, particularly the racism. It’s going to get worse if no one does anything about it though.

“It looks as though clubs are beginning to put pressure on Twitter to do something about it now and rightly so.

“People seem to be able to say what they want. I’m not sure there have been too many examples of where people have been prosecuted for comments so there doesn’t seem to be a deterrent. The social media companies need to do more. That’s obvious.”

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