Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings becomes the latest footballer to be racially abused online, responding by urging his followers on social media to ‘stand side by side in the fight for change’ rather than showing sympathy
- Tyrone Mings becomes the latest footballer to be racially abused on social media
- The English defender urged followers to fight side by side for change
- Aston Villa condemned the “disgusting and vile” abuse their captain received
- Mings is the latest in a long line of footballers to receive racist abuse online
- A large number of players and clubs participate in boycotts on social media
Aston Villa condemned the “revolting and vile” racist abuse sent to Tyrone Mings and described the defender as an inspirational figure in the fight for equality.
The England international posted a screenshot to his Twitter account on Friday of a message from an Instagram user who called him an ‘f ****** n *****’ and said: ‘leave football f * **** * pig ‘.
Mings tweeted, ‘Another day in social media life with no filter … Please don’t feel sorry for us, just stand side by side in the fight for change. It doesn’t get any safer without social media. ‘
Tyrone Mings has become the latest footballer to receive racial abuse on social media
The 28-year-old urged his followers not to feel sympathy, but to join the fight for change
The Aston Villa captain posted a screenshot of the racist abuse sent to him on Instagram
England and Villa were quick to throw their support behind the 28-year-old, with the Premier League side highlighting the good work the center-back has done in the fight against racism.
A club statement read: ‘Aston Villa is disgusted by the horrific racist abuse directed against Tyrone Mings on social media.
In the early hours of this morning, Tyrone received a disgusting and mean private message on his social media account.
Villa condemned the abuse and praised their advocate for his role in the fight against racism
“We condemn all forms of racial discrimination and will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with Tyrone, an inspiring figure at the forefront of the fight against racism.
The club will continue to work closely with the Premier League, football authorities and social media platforms to address this outrageous online behavior.
Mings is the latest in a long list of professional footballers who have been racially abused online in recent months, including England internationals Marcus Rashford, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Raheem Sterling.
A message on England’s official Twitter account read: ‘We are running out of ways to say this: stop racist abuse of people online. It’s just not acceptable. We’re with you @ OfficialTM-3. ‘
Mings is the latest England international to have been racially abused on social media in recent months
Instagram confirmed to the PA news agency that an investigation into the abuse Mings had received had been opened and that another comment would be added upon completion.
Mings admitted in early April that a social media blackout could be a way to force more action during an interview with Sky Sports.
Former Arsenal and Barcelona attacker Thierry Henry recently closed his Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts because the platforms were ‘too toxic to ignore’.
Thierry Henry recently shut down his social media accounts due to the toxic environments
Rangers have joined an increasing number of clubs to boycott social media in support of Glen Kamara, who was racially abused in the Europa League last month.
Swansea City also blacked out channels for a week after Jamal Lowe was targeted
Sky Bet Championship Swansea and Birmingham ended social media boycotts on Thursday, while Rangers players and staff were also involved in a similar blackout in support of Glen Kamara and Kemar Roofe.
Meanwhile, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson revealed on Wednesday that he could shut down his social media accounts due to ongoing abuse targeting his teammates and fellow professionals.
Anti-discrimination body Kick It Out has stated that they would support any boycott across the Premier League amid reports that top English clubs are considering such a move.
Villa defender Mings was also racially abused in Bulgaria at the end of 2019 on his debut in England.
The Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia was halted twice after racial abuse from the public towards the center-back and some of his international counterparts were reported to the match officials.
Mings was racially abused during his England debut against Bulgaria, with the match being interrupted twice