PFA’s Jason Lee says racist abuse of players on social media has reached crisis point

20/11/2019

Jason Lee of the Professional Footballers’ Association believes we have reached crisis stage as racist abuse of gamers on media continues.
After Reading striker Yakou Meite, Tammy Abraham and Paul Pogba were recently targeted on networking platforms former striker Lee the Equalities Education Executive of the PFA, was speaking.
The Manchester United Charlton’s and team-mate Marcus Rashford Lyle Taylor of pogba have been subjected to racist abuse on the web.
Lee, who played for Watford and Nottingham Forest, welcomed the first meetings the PFA have experienced Twitter to help eliminate the abuse of players, but feels .
“We have come to a point where it is catastrophe as far as we’re concerned,” Lee told Sky Sports News.
“Everybody needs to arrive at the table, so we need to attempt to thrash it out and come to some conclusion and attempt to eradicate what it’s happening.
“To be honest to Twitter, they would have been one of the very first to get out to people and we have had two meetings together and they were positive meetings.
“Coming out of this, they’ve demonstrated a real willingness to work with ourselves and improve things and also to engage with the gamers.
“It is important they speak to the players right. We can all speak on behalf of players but more importantly, if there’s a dialogue we have established and opened, [it can] give players the opportunity to voice their issues into the horse’s mouth”
Twitter have also released a new statement where they confirmed they will keep working with all the PFA and the organisation Kick It Out to try and stop abuse of gamers.
“In the previous two weeks, we’ve taken action on over 700 examples of misuse and hateful conduct related to UK football,” it read.
“This vile content has no place on our service. We’ll continue to take action on the minority that try to undermine the dialogue for the majority.
“Working with the PFA, we will take part in their player training programme also will be joining a string of educational sessions using its membership to support the PFA’s vision to attack the matter.
“Working with Kick It Out, we will keep our working relationship with UK policing to further brief them and provide training about our policies, processes and committed 24/7 reporting channels to law enforcement.
“We want to play our role in controlling this improper behavior – both online and offline – and will keep on engaging with clubs and partners, protecting the dialogue from misuse, and taking rapid action on account that violate our rules”
There have been several events where gamers have been abused on the pitch recently, together with monkey chants aimed at Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku by Cagliari supporters.
A section of the Inter ultras team’Curva Nord’ subsequently insisted the monkey chants directed at Lukaku by Cagliari lovers weren’t intended to be racist.

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