Liverpool slammed into ‘revolting’ racist abuse sent to the star trio

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Liverpool have targeted the ‘revolting’ racist abuse against Trent Alexander-Arnold, Naby Keita and Sadio Mane following the Reds’ Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.

The trio began when Madrid took a 3-1 victory in the first leg of the quarter-final in Spain, with Jurgen Klopp’s side being rightly beaten by Zinedine Zidane’s Los Blancos.

26-year-old Guinea international, Keita, got emojis of monkeys and bananas through his most recent Instagram post.

Sadio Mane (pictured), Naby Keita and Trent Alexander-Arnold have faced vicious racist abuse

Sadio Mane (pictured), Naby Keita and Trent Alexander-Arnold have faced vicious racist abuse

Liverpool fell to a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League quarters

Liverpool fell to a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League quarters

Liverpool fell to a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League quarters

Offensive messages were posted under Alexander-Arnold’s Instagram post from Easter Sunday, with users posting monkey emojis.

Meanwhile, a user named ‘manuel25vinicius’ sent a number of comments to Mane labeling him as a ‘gorilla’ and a ‘monkey’.

Keita was brought into midfield by Klopp who withdrew the former RB Leipzig star before half time, while Alexander-Arnold’s mistake led to Madrid’s second goal, scored by Marco Asensio. Mane was unable to find the net and help the Reds work their way back into the game.

Reds star Alexander-Arnold, along with teammates Keita and Mane, were abused online

Reds star Alexander-Arnold, along with teammates Keita and Mane, were abused online

Reds star Alexander-Arnold, along with teammates Keita and Mane, were abused online

The Englishman got monkey emojis from 'kalli.200' on his latest Instagram post

The Englishman got monkey emojis from 'kalli.200' on his latest Instagram post

The Englishman got monkey emojis from ‘kalli.200’ on his latest Instagram post

A user named 'manuel25vinicius' called Mane a 'gorilla' and a 'monkey' on his Instagram

A user named 'manuel25vinicius' called Mane a 'gorilla' and a 'monkey' on his Instagram

A user named ‘manuel25vinicius’ called Mane a ‘gorilla’ and a ‘monkey’ on his Instagram

Meanwhile, 'ahmed.koke19' sent Keita abuse while others sent monkey and gorilla emojis

Meanwhile, 'ahmed.koke19' sent Keita abuse while others sent monkey and gorilla emojis

Meanwhile, ‘ahmed.koke19’ sent Keita abuse while others sent monkey and gorilla emojis

Keita was withdrawn before halftime while the fullback and forward performed calmly

Keita was withdrawn before halftime while the fullback and forward performed calmly

Keita was withdrawn before halftime while the fullback and forward performed calmly

Liverpool have responded to the disgusting abuse sent to their players, calling the comments ‘revolting’ before calling on social media platforms to do more to tighten regulations.

“Again, unfortunately, we are talking about horrific racist abuse the morning after a football game,” the statement read. ‘It’s completely unacceptable and it has to stop.

“The current situation cannot continue and it is up to all of us to ensure that it does not.”

According to Sky Sports News, Facebook, owner of Instagram, is investigating the issue as pressure is put on social media platforms to combat vicious abuse of sports stars.

Liverpool has responded to 'repugnant' abuse and has called on platforms to tighten regulations

Liverpool has responded to 'repugnant' abuse and has called on platforms to tighten regulations

Liverpool has responded to ‘repugnant’ abuse and has called on platforms to tighten regulations

Fabinho's wife Rebeca Tavares said 'we are against racism' in response to the vicious abuse

Fabinho's wife Rebeca Tavares said 'we are against racism' in response to the vicious abuse

Fabinho’s wife Rebeca Tavares said ‘we are against racism’ in response to the vicious abuse

Liverpool supporters’ group The Anfield Watch shared screenshots of the ‘disgraceful’ abuse that sent Keita’s direction, and Fabinho’s wife Rebeca Tavares commented, ‘WE STAND AGAINST RACISM’.

Football faces growing concern about player abuse on social media platforms, with stars regularly being targeted.

Last month, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry announced he would be leaving social media until the platforms start to take racism seriously.

The Arsenal legend, 43, says he won’t return until companies regulate online abuse “ with the same vigor and brutality ” as they tackle copyright infringements.

Manchester United midfielder Fred suffered vicious racial abuse following the FA Cup quarter-final exit to Leicester last week, in which the Brazilian made a mistake that led to Kelechi Iheanacho’s opener.

Red Devils teammates Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Axel Tuanzebe have also been abused online during this campaign.

England international Rashford spoke out after being targeted after United’s draw against Arsenal in January.

Social media platforms are faced with calls for stricter regulations by clubs and ministers

Social media platforms are faced with calls for stricter regulations by clubs and ministers

Social media platforms are faced with calls for stricter regulations by clubs and ministers

Thierry Henry said he will shut down his social media accounts until changes are made

Thierry Henry said he will shut down his social media accounts until changes are made

Thierry Henry said he will shut down his social media accounts until changes are made

The Arsenal legend called on platforms to do more to combat 'bullying and racism'

The Arsenal legend called on platforms to do more to combat 'bullying and racism'

The Arsenal legend called on platforms to do more to combat ‘bullying and racism’

‘Humanity and social media at its worst. Yes, I am a black man and I live every day proud that I am. No one, or no comment, will make me feel different. So I’m sorry if you were looking for a strong response, you just won’t get it here. ‘

On Wednesday, Brentford backed star striker Ivan Toney after the championship’s main goalscorer was targeted after the Bees’ 0-0 draw against Birmingham City.

Toney posted a screenshot of an offensive message sent to him by Instagram user ‘alexw1422’ featuring banana and monkey emojis. He wrote, “Honestly, I’m done.”

The striker also shared a screenshot of a similar message sent by the same anonymous user to his Brentford teammate Bryan Mbeumo. The French winger had shared the post with the message, “When will it end?”

Match of the Day pundit and Arsenal icon Ian Wright were left “ disappointed ” after a teen who abused him on Instagram was denied a criminal conviction.

Patrick O’Brien, 18, sent 20 vicious messages to Wright in May 2019 after losing a match in FIFA. The Irish teenager was on probation.

“I can only wonder what a deterrent is to anyone else spitting out these kinds of nasty racist outbursts,” Wright said. ‘I’m disappointed. I’m tired. We are all tired. ‘

FULL STATEMENT BY LIVERPOOL

‘Again, unfortunately, we are talking about horrific racist abuse the morning after a football game. It is completely unacceptable and it must 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.

‘As a club, we will provide our players with all the support they need. We will also work with the relevant authorities to identify and, if possible, prosecute those responsible.

We know that this will not be enough until the strongest possible preventive action is taken by social media platforms and the regulatory bodies that run them.

“The current situation cannot continue and it is up to all of us to ensure that it does not.”