Romelu Lukaku Romelu Lukaku: Football superstar calls for social media CEOs and footballers to meet • Premier League striker highlights social media abuse
• Victory in World Cup keeps Belgium top of Group G Romelu Lukaku said that he has faced abuse on social media as his Belgium team-mates celebrate after winning 4-2 against England on Saturday. Photograph: Handout/Getty Images
Romelu Lukaku has urged football’s most successful social media CEOs to meet with all Premier League footballers and more than 100 Premier League players to learn how to combat racist abuse on their platforms.
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The Belgian forward spoke to Fox Sports immediately after his team’s 4-2 win over England on Saturday in Volgograd where the 24-year-old Lukaku took to Twitter to vent his frustration.
“Football has become for every kid to watch at home, imagine this happening to me how many comments I would get,” he said. “Did I speak to @, @RobertUmtiti, @mourinho @Griezmann, @kompany, @attreton, @NemanjaMatic,@ndr_magocanctead, @AdamLewandowski, @IAmMkata and @ussoccer.”
“Unfortunately a lot of players don’t speak to any other players, with them this type of abuse in post is not only an issue but a big reason why players don’t play [against the] next country on the tour,” Lukaku said.
The Premier League’s governing body, the Premier League, has spearheaded efforts in trying to protect players from abuse and banning people linked to their accounts. New rules restrict disrespectful posts and require players to report abusive messages by the end of the day in order to be banned.
“We’ve done a lot in the past few years,” said Premier League managing director Ross McQuillan. “We’ve almost closed all the incidents that used to affect us but we’re still not happy and we’re still trying to work with social media companies on this.
“The social media companies are failing miserably. This is a global issue. These are global businesses and social media will evolve. What we’re about to do is try to mitigate a lot of these things and hopefully make it better for us.”