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Rashford among EPL online racism victims

The Football Association has vowed to work with the government and social media platforms to eradicate racism from the game, with Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford the latest player to be targeted by online abuse.

After his side’s goalless draw with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening, Rashford chose not to share screenshots of the offensive messages he had been sent post-match as “it would be irresponsible to do so”.

“Humanity and social media at its worst. Yes I’m a black man and I live every day proud that I am,” he tweeted.

“No one, or no one comment, is going to make me feel any different. So sorry if you were looking for a strong reaction, you’re just simply not going to get it here…

“I have beautiful children of all colours following me and they don’t need to read it. Beautiful colours that should only be celebrated.”

Chelsea defender Reece James, West Brom’s Romaine Sawyers and United duo Axel Tuanzebe and Anthony Martial have also been targeted this week.

The FA has reiterated its commitment to clamping down on discrimination of all kinds.

“We are united with all of football in our abhorrence of any racist abuse. This is not acceptable in any part of society,” A statement released on the FA’s official Twitter account said.

“We will continue to work with the rest of the game, the government and social media platforms to remove this – and all elements of – discrimination from our sport.”

The FA spoke out after Chelsea threw their weight behind calls for social media companies to step up efforts to tackle trolls after James revealed he had been targeted on Friday evening.

James addressed the issue again in an Instagram post on Saturday.

“We all have a part to play in making this world a better & more equal place! Racism is completely unacceptable! Human is our only race! @instagram you must do more!! #notoracism,” he posted.

Speaking on Friday about the earlier incidents, Premier League chief executive Richard Masters had said: “Tackling online hate is a priority for football, and I believe social media companies need to do more.”

Relating to the abuse of Sawyers, West Midlands Police said a 49-year-old man from Kingswinford, near Birmingham, was questioned in custody on Friday evening.

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