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FA calls for Government action amid more racist abuse of footballers

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Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe was sent more vile comments on Instagram after Saturday’s 3-3 Premier League draw against Everton at Old Trafford.

Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Romaine Sawyers and Alex Jankewitz are other players to have been targeted online over recent weeks, while Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has also revealed the extent of the abuse he has received on social media.

Taking to social media on Sunday evening, the FA wrote: “It has been yet another weekend where players are facing discriminatory abuse and having to deal with anonymous keyboard warriors who hide in a world of impunity. At The FA, we believe that enough is enough.

“We will continue to do everything we can to stamp discrimination out of the game, but we implore government to act quickly and bring in the appropriate legislation so this abuse has real-life consequences.

“Social media companies need to step up and take accountability and action to ban abusers from their platforms, gather evidence that can lead to prosecution and support making their platforms free from this type of abhorrent abuse.

“We stand with Lauren James, Axel Tuanzebe and every victim of discrimination in all its forms. It’s time for change.”

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