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 thinks as misuse of players on social networking proceeds we’ve reached crisis point.
Former striker Lee, now the Equalities Education Executive of the PFA, was speaking after Reading striker Yakou Meite, Tammy Abraham and Paul Pogba were all recently targeted on social media platforms.
Pogba’s Manchester United team-mate Marcus Rashford along with Charlton’s Lyle Taylor have been subjected to racist abuse online.
Lee, who played with Watford and Nottingham Forest, welcomed the first meetings that the PFA have had Twitter to help eliminate the abuse of players, but believes must be done to help address the problem.
“We’ve come to a place where it is crisis as far as we are concerned,” Lee told Sky Sports News.
“Everybody should arrive at the table, so we will need to attempt to thrash out it and come to a conclusion and attempt to eradicate what it is happening.
“To be honest to Twitter, they would have been one of the first to get out to us and we’ve had two encounters together and they were positive encounters.
“Coming from this, they have shown a real willingness to work with ourselves and improve things and to participate with the players.
“It is important they talk to the players directly. We can all speak on behalf of gamers but more to the point, if there’s a dialogue we have established and opened, [it may ] give players the chance to voice their concerns into the horse’s mouth”
Twitter also have published a statement in which they confirmed that they will continue to work with the PFA and the organisation Kick Out to try and prevent abuse of players.
“In the last two weeks, we’ve taken action on more than 700 illustrations of misuse and hateful behavior associated with UK soccer,” it read.
“This vile content has no place on our service. We will continue to take action on the minority that attempt to undermine the conversation for the majority.
“Working together with the PFA, we will participate in their participant coaching programme also will be joining a string of educational sessions with its membership to support the PFA’s vision to tackle the issue.
“Working with Kick It Out, we’ll keep our working relationship with UK policing to additional brief them and offer training about our policies, procedures and committed 24/7 reporting stations to law enforcement.
“we would like to play our part in controlling this unacceptable behavior – both online and offline – and will keep on engaging with partners and clubs, protecting the conversation out of abuse, and taking quick action on account which break our rules.”
There are numerous events where gamers have been racially abused on the pitch recently, together with monkey chants.
A section of this Inter ultras group’Curva Nord’ then insisted that the monkey chants were not meant to be racist.

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