Palace player Zaha wants action against racial abuse online | Taiwan News
LONDON (AP) – Crystal Palace player Wilfried Zaha wants “action” and “education” against the racial abuse he and other black athletes are regularly subjected to on social media.
A 12-year-old boy was arrested on Sunday after the Ivorian international highlighted the racist abuse he received ahead of Palace’s game at Aston Villa.
The messages and images referred to Zaha’s race and showed the Ku Klux Klan. They were posted to Instagram by a user who included club Villa based in central England in his name.
“People need to understand that no matter what your age, your behavior and your words have consequences and you cannot hide behind social media,” Zaha said in an Instagram post on Monday.
Zaha said it was time to act as it was not an isolated incident.
“This isn’t the first time I’ve received messages like this, nor am I the only player to receive messages like this – it happens every day,” he said. declared.
“It is not enough to be disgusted by these messages that I have received and move on. It is not enough to say #notoracism. We need action, we need education, things need to change.
Zaha thanked the police and fans and called on social media platforms to do more.
“It is important that social media platforms do as yesterday and find these people and remove them,” he said.
West Midlands Police said on Monday the boy “has been released under investigation while our investigations continue”.
“Racism has no place in society and we are trying to contact the footballer for a statement,” police said on Twitter.
Ahead of the kickoff at Villa Park, Zaha – like all players in recent weeks – has knelt down as part of the Black Lives Matter campaign.
The Premier League has launched a reporting system to allow players to reveal abuse which can be tracked by authorities.
“This behavior is completely unacceptable and the Premier League stands with Wilfried Zaha in opposing this and discrimination in all its forms,” the league said in a statement. “We will continue to support players, managers, coaches and their families who experience serious discriminatory abuse online. “
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