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 we have reached crisis stage as misuse of gamers on media proceeds.
Former striker Lee the Equalities Education Executive of the PFA, was talking after Reading striker Yakou Meite, Tammy Abraham and Paul Pogba were targeted on networking platforms.
Pogba’s Manchester United team-mate Marcus Rashford along with Charlton’s Lyle Taylor also have been subjected to racist abuse online.
Lee, who played with Watford and Nottingham Forest, welcomed to help eliminate players’ abuse, but feels more must be done in order to help solve the problem.
“We’ve come to a place where it’s catastrophe so far as we’re concerned,” Lee told Sky Sports News.
“Everyone needs to come to the table, so we need to attempt to thrash out it and come to some conclusion and try to eradicate what it is going on.
“To be fair to Twitter, they’d have been among the very first to get out to us and we have had two encounters together and they have been positive meetings.
“Coming out of that, they’ve demonstrated a genuine willingness to work with ourselves and enhance things and to participate with the gamers.
“It’s important they speak to the players directly. We can all talk on behalf of gamers but more to the point, if there is a dialogue we’ve created and opened, [it can] give gamers the opportunity to voice their issues into the horse’s mouth.”
Twitter have also published a new statement in which they confirmed they will continue to work together with the PFA and the anti-racism organisation Kick It Out to attempt to prevent abuse of players in their own platform.
“In the previous two weeks, we have taken action on over 700 cases of misuse and hateful behavior associated with UK soccer,” it read.
“This informative article has no place on the services. We’ll continue to take action on the minority which try to undermine the dialogue for the majority.
“Working with the PFA, we’ll take part in their participant coaching programme and will be linking a set of educational sessions with its own membership to support the PFA’s vision to tackle the matter.
“Working with Kick It Out, we’ll continue our working relationship with UK policing to further brief them and provide training on our policies, procedures and dedicated 24/7 reporting channels for law enforcement.
“We want to play our role in curbing this unacceptable behavior – both offline and online – and will keep on engaging with partners and clubs, protecting the dialogue from abuse, and taking quick action on accounts which violate our rules.”
There are numerous events where players have been abused on the pitch recently, together with monkey chants.
A part of the Inter ultras team’Curva Nord’ insisted that the monkey chants directed at Lukaku by Cagliari fans were not supposed to be racist.

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