Police are investigating the source of racial abuse sent to Welsh players Rabbi Matondo and Ben Cabango following Saturday’s friendly with Mexico.
The pair highlighted the messages they posted on their Instagram after the game and the Welsh FA (FAW) is in talks with South Wales police. Rob Page, who is in charge of the team in the continued absence of Ryan Giggs, and his staff spoke first with both players on Sunday morning.
A FAW spokesperson said: “The FAW is in dialogue with the South Wales Police Department to ensure that this type of disgusting behavior is reported and investigated.
Wales winger Rabbi Matondo (left) and teammate Ben Cabango (right) were racially abused on social media after their friendly victory over Mexico on Saturday.
The Stoke City borrower tweeted a screenshot of the messages he received on Instagram
Matondo was sent several monkey emojis and named an ‘n *****’ by a social media user
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We don’t want any racial abuse on Instagram and have removed the accounts that sent these messages to Ben Cabango and Rabbi Matondo this weekend.
We’ve built tools to ensure that public figures never have to receive DMs from people who don’t follow them, and we recently announced that we’ll take tougher action if we notice people breaking our rules in DMs.
This work is underway and we are committed to doing more.
We also know these issues are bigger than us, so we partner with industry, government and others to jointly drive social change through action and education.
“The FAW is working with other national associations and clubs to urge social media platforms to urge regulatory authorities to take stronger, more effective and more urgent action against this despicable behavior.”
The abuse against Matondo and Cabango is the latest example of a growing trend of soccer players being targeted by social media, and Wales has now added their voice to the growing pressure on social media companies to take more vigorous action in these cases.
“We have removed the accounts that sent these messages to Ben Cabango and Rabbi Matondo this weekend,” said a spokesperson for Facebook, which took over Instagram in 2012. ‘We work with industry, government and others to jointly stimulate social change through action. and education. ‘
Both Cabango and Matondo are said to have trained on schedule on Sunday after speaking to Page.
Chief Inspector Lloyd Williams of the South Wales Police said: ‘The fight against hate crime is a challenge for everyone in South Wales – not just the police – and we all have a responsibility to challenge and insist on prejudice that our communities live up to the best standards. of our traditions of tolerance and solidarity. ‘
Tony Burnett, CEO of Kick It Out, said, “We need to ensure that we create an environment where online abuse is sanctioned and that perpetrators are identified as much as possible. But there is also a bigger problem here, namely social behavior. Social media has become a vehicle for inappropriate behavior on a societal level, and certain people think it’s okay to send offensive messages.
‘We cannot solve this alone and we are working with all football stakeholders to eradicate online hatred. There is no simple solution. But we need a unified voice that says this is wrong. We will continue to pressure social media companies to take action against perpetrators. ‘
Stoke winger Matondo shared photos of the abuse he received on Sunday, tweeting, ‘And it goes on … another week of @instagram doing absolutely nothing about racist abuse. My insta gets deleted when I post clips from my games … #priorities’.
Cabango also shared an image of a message he sent on his Instagram story, alongside the caption, “It’s 2021 and it’s still happening.”
The Wales FA tweeted a statement condemning the abuse of both of their players.
The Football Association of Wales (FAW) is disgusted by the racist abuse received by national team players via social media after last night’s game.
‘Racism and all forms of discriminatory behavior are completely unacceptable and the FAW condemns it completely.
The FAW is in dialogue with the South Wales Police Department to ensure that this type of disgusting behavior is reported and investigated.
The FAW is joining other national associations and clubs to urge social media platforms and regulatory authorities to take stronger, more effective and more urgent action against this despicable behavior.
Cabango also shared an image of a message he received on his Instagram story
The Welsh FA condemned the abuse of their players in a statement on Twitter
Earlier this month, Chief Mark Roberts, Chief of Football Police in the United Kingdom, said the response from social media companies in helping the police track down abusers has been “sad”.
A Facebook spokesperson said at the time that the company will “ continue to work with law enforcement and the wider industry to jointly address this issue. ”
The abuse of the two internationals comes after Thierry Henry announced his distance from social media until the platforms start to take racism seriously.
The Arsenal legend says he won’t return until companies regulate online abuse “ with the same vigor and brutality ” as they tackle copyright infringements.
The former striker, who recently left his role as the head coach of Montreal Impact, has 10 million followers on his Facebook page, along with 2.7 million on Instagram and 2.3 million on Twitter.
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Oliver Dowden responded to Henry’s announcement and echoed the Frenchman’s call before adding that the government must pass laws to make platforms accountable.
Thierry Henry announced that he will shut down his social media accounts earlier this week
The Arsenal legend called on platforms to do more to combat ‘bullying and racism’
He said: ‘Nobody is allowed to turn off social media for abuse. Social media companies need to do more to address this and we are introducing new laws to hold platforms accountable.
“This is complex and we need to get it right, but I am absolutely committed to tackling racist abuse online.”
Several Premier League players have also been the target of racial abuse this season.
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.
Rashford spoke out after being targeted after United’s game with Arsenal.
‘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. ‘
Meanwhile, Hamza Choudhury has revealed that the support of his Leicester teammates helped him cope with racist abuse online.
A host of stars, including Man United star Fred, have been viciously racially abused this season
Marcus Rashford spoke out after being targeted after United’s duel with Arsenal
Choudhury, 23, was targeted by social media after a game against Liverpool in October 2019 and his club reported the abuse to the police.
The midfielder said, “I took a screenshot and put it in our team group chat. Everyone said how disgusting it was.
They said they were sorry there were such people. I immediately felt a lot better knowing you are not alone. ‘
Chelsea’s Reece James has suspended his Instagram account after receiving several racist messages earlier this season. The right back shared footage of the abuse, insisting, “Something needs to change!”
His sister Lauren, who plays for Manchester United Women, has also been the target of racist abuse online.