Jason Lee of the Professional Footballers’ Association thinks as abuse of gamers on networking continues we have reached crisis stage.
After Reading striker Yakou Meite, Tammy Abraham and Paul Pogba were targeted on networking platforms former striker Lee, today the Equalities Education Executive of the PFA, was speaking.
Pogba’s Manchester United Charlton’s and team-mate Marcus Rashford Lyle Taylor have been subjected to racist abuse online.
Lee, who played for Watford and Nottingham Forest, welcomed to help eradicate players’ online abuse, but believes more.
“We’ve come to a point where it is crisis as far as we’re concerned,” Lee told Sky Sports News.
“Everybody needs to arrive at the table, so we will need to attempt to thrash it out and come to some conclusion and try to eliminate what it’s going on.
“To be fair to Twitter, they’d have been among the first to reach out to people and we have had two meetings together and they have been optimistic encounters.
“Coming out of this, they have shown a real willingness to work together and improve things and also to engage with the gamers.
“It is important they talk to the players directly. We can all speak on behalf of players but more importantly, if there’s a dialogue we have established and opened, [it may ] give gamers the opportunity to voice their issues to the horse’s mouth.”
Twitter also have released a new statement in which they affirmed that they will keep working with the PFA and the organisation Kick It Out to try and prevent abuse of gamers on their own stage.
“In the previous two weeks, we have taken action on more than 700 examples of abuse and hateful behavior associated with UK soccer,” it read.
“This informative article has no place on the services. We will continue to take action.
“Working together with the PFA, we’ll participate in their participant coaching programme also will be joining a set of educational sessions using its membership to encourage the PFA’s ambition to attack the matter.
“Working with Kick It Out, we will keep our working relationship with UK policing to additional brief them and provide training about our policies, processes and committed 24/7 reporting stations to law enforcement.
“we would like to play our role in curbing this unacceptable behaviour – both offline and online – and will keep on engaging with partners and clubs, protecting the conversation from misuse, and taking quick action on accounts that violate our rules.”
There have been several incidents where gamers have been racially abused on the pitch recently, with monkey chants aimed at Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku by Cagliari supporters.
A part of this Inter ultras group’Curva Nord’ subsequently insisted the monkey chants directed at Lukaku by Cagliari lovers weren’t meant to be racist.