Kyle Walker is subjected to racist abuse and called a ‘c***’ in a private message on Instagram as Man City defender asks ‘when is this going to stop?!’ ahead of English football’s social media boycott next weekend
The sickening barrage of online racist abuse that footballers are subjected to has sadly continued with Kyle Walker the latest recipient.
The Manchester City defender was racially abused via a private message on Instagram, going public with it just hours after his side’s 1-0 Carabao Cup final win over Tottenham.
Sharing the vile message he received, Walker revealed the contents of it via his Instagram story before writing ‘When is this going to stop?!’ and tagging Instagram directly.
Manchester City’s Kyle Walker has been subjected to racist abuse online via Instagram
Walker shared the vile abuse just hours after winning the Carabao Cup final against Tottenham
The message, from an account with three followers and zero posts, wrote ‘Hello you unlucky sole you have fallen victim to one of my racial ratios’, before continuing with racial slurs – including labelling Walker a ‘c***’.
The account also states that they hope his ‘wife batters’ him due to his race.
Facebook – which owns Instagram – have said the account was disabled before Walker’s post, as per Sky Sports News. They also report note that the platform says they are in development of a new tool which, when turned on, will mean no one has to see abusive messages again.
The abuse aimed at Walker comes shortly after it was revealed that English football will be boycotting social media this weekend as part of the war against racist abuse online.
On Saturday it was announced that that the Premier League and Football League clubs, as well as the FA and PFA, will unite in a widespread blackout of social media platforms this weekend.
This will see an entire round of fixtures from 3pm on Friday, April 30 until midnight on Monday, May 3 clubs will switch off their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. This will include Manchester United’s Premier League clash with Liverpool.
Premier League clubs will unite in a widespread blackout of social media next weekend
Both Man United and Liverpool will switch off their social media accounts for their fixture
The Women’s Super League, Women’s Championship, the League Managers Association, Football Supporters Association, referees’ group Professional Game Match Officials Limited, and anti-racism charity Kick It Out have all joined the boycott.
BT Sport and Sky Sports are expected to join the protest, sources at the broadcasters told Sportsmail on Sunday. They are due to hold talks on Monday to finalise the details of how they will play their part.
Richard Masters, the Premier League chief executive, said: ‘We and our clubs stand alongside football in staging this boycott to highlight the urgent need for social media companies to do more in eliminating racial hatred.’
Sanjay Bhandari, Kick It Out chair, added: ‘This boycott signifies our collective anger at the damage this causes to the people who play, watch and work in the game.’
Sky Sports and BT will join English football’s boycott of social media against online abuse
BT will join Sky in talking part in talks to discuss how they will join the protests against abuse