'Don't feel sorry for us. Fight for change' - Aston Villa's Tyrone Mings after online racial abuse
"Another day in the life of social media with no filter," Mings wrote. "Please don't feel sorry for us, just stand side by side in the fight for change. Social media isn't getting any safer without it." The Aston Villa has recevied supprt from within the game, and has once again called for changes to be made
Jack Grealish (L) celebrates scoring the opening goal with Aston Villa's English defender Tyrone Mings during the English Premier League football match between Fulham and Aston Villa at Craven Cottage in London on September 28, 2020
Aston Villa's Tyrone Mings became the latest footballer to receive racial abuse on social media and the England defender on Friday urged his followers to "fight for change" rather than sympathising with him.
Mings, 28, posted a screenshot on his Twitter account of a racist message sent to him on Instagram.
"Another day in the life of social media with no filter," Mings wrote. "Please don't feel sorry for us, just stand side by side in the fight for change. Social media isn't getting any safer without it."
Villa said they were "disgusted" by the "abhorrent" message.
"We condemn all forms of racial discrimination and will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with Tyrone, who is an inspirational figure at the forefront of the fight against racism," the club said in a statement.
A host of players at other Premier League clubs have also been targeted including Manchester United trio Anthony Martial, Axel Tuanzebe and Marcus Rashford, and Chelsea's Reece James.
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With English football bodies piling pressure on social media companies to tackle the issue, Instagram has announced measures and Twitter vowed to continue its efforts after taking action on more than 700 cases of abuse related to football in Britain in 2019.