Chelsea ‘demand meeting with Twitter’ following vile racial abuse suffered online by Tammy Abraham following Super Cup shootout miss
- Premier League giants are seeking showdown meeting with the platform’s execs
- Chelsea want to discover what Twitter plan to do to deal with racism online
- Manchester United have also demanded talks after Paul Pogba was targeted
Chelsea want to hold a crunch meeting with Twitter after disgusting racial abuse posted on the platform targeted young striker Tammy Abraham.
The distasteful comments came in the wake of the club’s defeat in the Super Cup, in which Abraham squandered the decisive penalty to hand Liverpool the victory in Istanbul.
And the Blues are now seeking assurances from the social media company to discover how they plan to combat the issue, according to The Sun.
Chelsea are demanding talks with Twitter after the racial abuse aimed at Tammy Abraham
The 21-year-old striker had missed the decisive penalty in the Super Cup defeat to Liverpool
Chelsea are following closely in Manchester United’s footsteps, after the Old Trafford giants recently also demanded face to face talks with Twitter’s executives following Paul Pogba’s targeting last week.
Just days after Abraham’s ordeal, United star Pogba was abused after the Frenchman’s missed penalty in the Premier League draw with Wolves.
Reading striker Yakou Meite had also called out racist comments aimed at him after he too failed to find the back of the net from a spot-kick – following on from four reported cases of similar abuse from the opening weekend of the EFL season earlier this month.
United star Paul Pogba was abused after his missed penalty in the draw with Wolves
Reading striker Yakou Meite had also called out racist comments aimed at him last week
The publication believes that Chelsea have contacted Twitter in an attempt to force them to take more responsibility for the content and comments published on their site.
Blues manager Frank Lampard had vocally slammed the online bile aimed at 21-year-old Abraham, saying: ‘I am so angry for Tammy and for the club. This is not what Chelsea is about.
‘I try to be close to my players and when something like this happens the first thing I do is talk to them about it and try to help them.’
The top flight sides’ intervention highlights a growing unrest at the issue of racism and its failure to be eradicated from social media.
Given the urgency surrounding the issue, Twitter is now expected to present its blueprint to combat the alarming abuse suffered by footballers to Kick It Out next week.