Manchester United striker, Marcus Rashford kicks against racism on social media and insists racists on
social media should have their accounts deleted
Rashford has often been the victim of racism online and recently had to deal with a stream of
derogatory comments after his team drew 0-0 with Arsenal two weeks ago.
He told Sky Sports it ‘should be easy to stop’ online abuse because companies should just ‘deactivate
the accounts’. The footballer added:
‘We know that it’s very easy to make four or five accounts but if you have to block them all, then block
them all.‘That’s on the social media companies themselves. If they see anyone being abusive in any way,
their account should be deleted immediately, that’s how you’d deal with it.’ He argued that social media
is a place people should enjoy’ that was not even there ‘15 years ago’. Rashford said it was something
‘we are privileged’ to have and should not be used in a ‘negative light’.
Fellow United teammate Paul Pogba also says racist people should have their accounts deleted ‘immediately’.
It comes after Manchester United’s midfielder Paul Pogba was racially abused for missing a penalty.
Lioness Manager Phil Neville responded by calling for footballers to quit social media because he believes
the companies are not doing enough to keep people safe from racism. He added: ‘I’ve lost total faith in
whoever runs these social media departments, so let’s send a powerful message: come off social media (for) six
months. Let’s see the effect it has on these social media companies.
’ Earlier this week many football bosses wrote an open letter to Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook’s
CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
The letter was signed by The Premier League, FA, EFL, WSL, Women’s Championship, PFA, LMA, PGMOL
and Kick It Out. The letter called on social media companies to ‘go further’ to stop racist abuse. Instagram,
which is owned by Facebook, has promised to remove accounts that post discriminatory messages and Twitter
has said it would work closely with the football community to deal with the issue.