Yannick Bolasie attacked the “ rat ” who subjected him to vile racist abuse online and targeted the “ keyboard warriors ” who continue to hide behind a screen.
The Everton winger, who is spending the 2020/21 campaign on loan alongside the Middlesbrough Championship, shared an unsavory screenshot of a direct message he received on Instagram.
The individual in question simply texted Bolasie with the word “n *****”, an insulting and derogatory racial insult.
Accompanied by the message, Bolasie responded on Twitter, saying: “Something is wrong with people [rat emoji]… Keyboard warriors
“I have yet to meet a person who had this energy when they saw me.”
Bolasie, 31, refused to move to CSKA Moscow in the summer of 2019 for fear of racist abuse while playing in Russia.
He is the latest in a long line of footballers to have suffered racial abuse on social media, with Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah and Chelsea full-back Reece James – as well as his sister Lauren – among the victims.
In a strongly worded statement released to talkSPORT, Nigel James – father of Reece and Lauren – said: “It is government, and government alone, that can put in place the legislation to deter people from sending racist abuses. online.
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“These companies should be fined a percentage of their profits if abusive messages persist on their platform.
“The directors of these companies should face charges of negligence if the abuse continues, while the culprits should automatically be sent to juvenile centers or jail for a short period. [of time] and be fined / have their wages deducted.
“If all of these things were implemented, it would change the behavior of people online; although that will not stop the racism itself in society.
Despite a growing problem of racist abuse on the social media platform, Twitter confirmed last month that it would not end the practice of allowing people to post from anonymous accounts.
Premier League clubs were taken by surprise after being told the monkey emoji was not considered a violation of Twitter rules – although it is clearly used in a hateful manner.