Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker receive monkey emojis on Instagram after Manchester City’s Champions League final loss to Chelsea… just days after Marcus Rashford received ‘at least 70 racist comments’ after the Europa League final
- Man City’s Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker were racially abused on Instagram
- The pair got monkey emojis after their Champions League defeat
- It comes after a boycott on social media by Premier League teams
- Marcus Rashford was the target of racist trolls following United’s loss in the Europa League
Manchester City duo Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker were subject to racial abuse following their Champions League defeat to Chelsea.
The pair were both sent monkey emojis on social media platform Instagram after the match, according to Sky Sports, just days after Manchester United star Marcus Rashford received ‘at least 70’ racist messages following their last Europa League loss against Villarreal.
Sterling, who has been an outspoken campaigner against racism in football, has been targeted by trolls a number of times this season – and earlier this month he received vile reports just 48 hours after the Premier League and its clubs played 48 hours. boycott of social media platforms.
Manchester City couple Kyle Walker (L) and Raheem Sterling both got monkey emojis after their Champions League defeat to Chelsea
A spokesperson for the Facebook company – which owns Instagram – told Sportsmail: “The racist abuse sent to these players last night is abhorrent and we don’t want it on Instagram.
“We quickly removed a number of comments and accounts for violating our rules and we continue to review and take action on those who violate our policies.
“We’ve built security features, including comment filters and message controls, that can significantly reduce the abuse people experience.
Walker played the full 90 minutes in Porto, but was unable to prevent Chelsea’s victory
Sterling played 77 minutes of the game at the Estadio do Dragao before being eliminated
“No thing will solve this challenge overnight, but we are determined to do what we can to protect our community from abuse.”
The tech company had removed comments sent to Sterling in May following City’s semi-final victory over PSG in the Champions League, saying the abuse was ‘unacceptable’ and pledging to toughen up the perpetrators.
Walker – who played the full 90 minutes in Porto – self-revealed sickening messages sent to him after winning the Carabao Cup with Manchester City against Tottenham in April.
He posted a screenshot and asked Instagram, ‘When is this going to end ?!’
Premier League clubs converged in April in a widespread social media blackout
Manchester City’s Kyle Walker fell victim to racist abuse online via Instagram in April
Marcus Rashford claimed he had received ‘at least 70’ racist messages following Man United’s latest loss to Villarreal this week in the Europa League.
This week, Rashford claimed he was subjected to ‘at least 70’ racist messages after his United squad fell to a penalty shootout defeat to Villarreal, revealing that one of his abusers was a math teacher who was ‘a mountain of monkey emojis’ had sent.
‘So far there have been at least 70 racist comments on my social accounts. For those working on making me feel worse than I already do, good luck trying. ‘
I’m more outraged that one of the abusers who left a mountain of monkey emojis in my DM is a math teacher with an open profile. He teaches children !! And know that he can freely abuse racist without consequences. ‘