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Twitter removes over 1,000 tweets following racist comments towards English players

Twitter has removed over 1,000 tweets along with the permanent suspension of a number of accounts after racist comments were directed towards English football players.

Following Italy’s win over England at the Euro 2020 final, the Twitter accounts of players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were hit with racial abuse.

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A Twitter spokesperson stated that the “abhorrent racist abuse” that was directed towards the players has no place on their social media platform.

The spokesperson added, “We have proactively engaged and continue to collaborate with our partners across the football community to identify ways to tackle this issue collectively and will continue to play our part in curbing this unacceptable behaviour – both online and offline.”

A Facebook spokesperson stated that along with their work in removing content, they also “encourage all players to turn on Hidden Words, a tool which means no one has to see abuse in their comments or DMs.”

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson also condemned the comments that were made towards the players. The Metropolitan Police in London stated that it would be conducting an investigation into the social media posts.

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