Racism is a problem that continues to trouble the world to this day although many attempts have been made to raise awareness and stop such sort of bigoted behavior. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita are the latest players to face such abuse after Liverpool lost their first leg match against Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League. The abusers targeted the players through social media after the loss and Liverpool later post a lengthy statement condemning such racist behavior.
The Merseyside team faced up against the Madrid side in a blockbuster of a match however, Jurgen Klopp’s men were unable to get the better of Zinedine Zidane’s men and lost the match 3-1. Alexander-Arnold in particular was not in a good form and was all over the place. Kieta was also unable to make an impact on the game and was thus targeted by the trolls online. The trolls sent monkey emojis to both the players on Instagram and left other racially charged comments as well.
Liverpool condemns the racist slurs and comments by trolls
The Reds later put up a message on their official website as well as on their Instagram saying,
“Once again we are sadly discussing abhorrent racial abuse the morning after a football game. It is utterly unacceptable and it has to stop.”
“LFC condemns all forms of discrimination and we continue to work with our inclusion partners through our Red Together initiative to campaign against it.”
“As a club, we will offer our players any and all support that they may require. We will also work with the relevant authorities to identify and, if possible, prosecute those responsible.”
“We know that this will not be enough until the strongest possible preventative measures are taken by social media platforms and the regulatory bodies which govern them.”
“The current situation cannot be allowed to continue and it is incumbent on all of us to ensure that it does not.” – Source Goal
Sadly, this is not the only racist incident in football in 2021 either. Reece James, Antonio Rudiger, Axel Tuanzebe, and Anthony Martial all received hateful comments. James even took to social media to acknowledge the trolls however, due to the anonymity of the platform, bigots gain more confidence in writing and spreading such racist remarks. Even though Instagram is swift in dealing with hate speech, the trolls can just make new profiles in minutes and continue their harassment.
Racism is a big problem in football and in the world in general. Although we as a society have managed to evolve a lot in the past couple of hundred years, the hateful mindset of some people still remains and reminds us of the dark ages of segregation and separation. The players and the fans stand united in the fight against racism and other hateful behavior but such incidents continue to occur and it really saddens all of us.
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