Mikel Arteta urges social media giants to tackle online trolls and ‘completely eradicate’ abuse as the Arsenal boss warns it could damage the mental health of Premier League stars
- Marcus Rashford and Alex Jankewitz have recently been victims of racial abuse
- Teenager was spared a criminal conviction for sending messages to Ian Wright
- Arsenal boss has urged social media giants to prevent the abuse of players
Mikel Arteta has urged social media giants to end the ‘damaging’ abuse of players who are left ‘exposed’ to online trolls.
Marcus Rashford and Southampton’s Alex Jankewitz are among those to recently face racial abuse, while a teenager was this week spared a criminal conviction for sending racist messages to Arsenal legend Ian Wright.
‘I think it has to be eradicated completely,’ Arteta said.
Marcus Rashford and Alex Jankewitz are among those players to recently face racial abuse
‘Social media has a big responsibility on that, because you talk about the mental health of the players and the public and how exposed they are.
‘I am all open and for people to have their opinions, but not just to be insulting people, abusing people and using a screen on somebody’s mobile phone to tell them whatever you want.’
He added: ‘It is causing a lot of damage in football and a lot of damage to public people. So I think we have to be really strong on that.’
A teenager sent racist messages to England and Arsenal legend Ian Wright on Instagram
Arteta was speaking ahead of Saturday’s trip to Aston Villa, when Arsenal will be without both David Luiz and Bernd Leno through suspension.
Though Southampton’s Jan Bednarek saw his red card overturned by the FA, Arsenal failed in their appeal over Luiz’s dismissal during the midweek defeat by Wolves.
They have now had five red cards this season – two more than any other team.
‘What is clear is that when you have five red cards in this period, you are going to lose a lot of points. If we would have some of those points, we would be in a completely different position in the table,’ Arteta said.
‘There are no teams with five reds up there at the top, it doesn’t happen.’
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has called on social media companies to end the abuse of players
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