Football news - Manchester City's Raheem Sterling racially abused on social media
English football clubs, players and media organisations observed an almost unanimous boycott of social media last weekend in protest at racist abuse that they felt was not properly combatted by the platforms. Less than two days after the boycott ended, Raheem Sterling was sent racist abuse on his Instagram account.
Raheem Sterling of Manchester City looks on during the Semi Final of the Emirates FA Cup match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Wembley Stadium on April 17, 2021 in London, England.
"The racist abuse sent to Raheem Sterling is unacceptable and we do not want it on Instagram," the statement said.
"No single thing will fix this challenge overnight but we’re committed to doing what we can to keep our community safe from abuse."
Two City supporters were banned from football matches for five years in January last year for racially abusing Sterling.
The Football Association has called on the British government to introduce legislation to compel social media companies to do more to eradicated online abuse following the sport community's four-day boycott last weekend.