Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah according to Sky Sports News was abused racially on social media after posting a training picture he captioned “Working with a smile” on Twitter.
Nketiah, 21, posted the training picture ahead of the UEFA Europa League tie against Benfica in Athens tonight. In response he received a message telling him to leave the club.
Social media abuse of football players, managers, referees and other stakeholders has made headlines these days as many high-profile players have fallen victim to abuses and threats to themselves and in some instances their families. Premier League referee Mike Dean was recently threatened with death for a controversial decision he made on the pitch.
English football bodies including The Premier League, FA, EFL, WSL, Women’s Championship, PFA, LMA, PGMOL and Kick It Out all co-signed an open letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook founder, chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerburg, asking them “for reasons of basic human decency” to curb the abuses on their platform.
They demanded urgent action to arrest the situation since the abuses are becoming rampant and pointed out the adverse effect on the footballers and officials.
“Of course I have a lot of experience with that, here and also in Germany. There was one thing that kept in my mind, it was crazy,” Leno told Sky Sports News.
“I had a very bad game and then one guy on social media said to me ‘do it like Enke’.
Robert Enke, was a former Germany goalkeeper who committed suicide in 2009.