Racist abuse of footballers will lead to tragedy, Anton Ferdinand tells inquiry


Sean Ingle

  • Former England defender blasts social media companies
  • Home affairs committee inquiry into online abuse ongoing

The failure of social media companies to tackle racist abuse of footballers will lead to tragedy unless more is done, Anton Ferdinand has warned MPs.

In a devastating attack on platforms such as Instagram and Twitter, the former West Ham and England defender suggested their refusal to act was linked to senior managers not having experience of racist abuse – and the companies themselves benefiting financially from the ‘frenzy’ that occurred when a player was abused.

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