Liverpool urge social media platforms to take strong action against racial abuse

Naby Keita and Trent Alexander-Arnold were racially abused after the Champions League quarterfinal defeat to Real Madrid.

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By Karthik Raman | Apr 7, 2021 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita were the latest in a long list of players to experience racial abuse on social media. The Liverpool players were on the receiving end of the disturbing messages after the Merseyside outfit lost 1-3 to Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinal. Reacting to it, Liverpool have condemned the act and have called for “the strongest possible preventative measures” to be taken over online racial abuse.

A statement by Liverpool read, “Once again we are sadly discussing abhorrent racial abuse the morning after a football game. It is utterly unacceptable and it has to stop. LFC condemns all forms of discrimination and we continue to work with our inclusion partners through our Red Together initiative to campaign against it.”

Liverpool have informed that they will work with the concerned authorities to find the perpetrators. “As a club, we will offer our players any and all support that they may require. We will also work with the relevant authorities to identify and, if possible, prosecute those responsible,” the statement added.

“We know that this will not be enough until the strongest possible preventative measures are taken by social media platforms and the regulatory bodies which govern them.”

“The current situation cannot be allowed to continue and it is incumbent on all of us to ensure that it does not.”

Liverpool will play Real Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League quarterfinal at Anfield next week.

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