Premier League star Wilfried Zaha has been the target of racist abuse on social media

Zaha, who scored in the sixth minute of the game and contributed to his team’s victory, shared screenshots of several racist messages he received in the story of his verified Instagram account, preceded by a post explaining why he wanted to abuse to share with their own. 1.1 million followers.

“This message is not for me to get a million messages saying that we are standing with you and that it is disgusting, or that I would get sympathy,” he said. “I’m not here because of all the nonsense being done, instead of fixing the real problem!”

“I’m not bothered by abuse because these days it comes with doing the work I do, although that’s not an excuse, but my color will always be a real problem, but it’s okay because I’ll always be BLACK AND PROUD!”

“Talk to me when you’re real [sic] take this question seriously [sic], ”He added.

Zaha previously open for CNN about facing such abuse online, saying he is “afraid” to open Instagram because of the amount of racist messages he receives.

The social media platform recently unveiled a new tool that they say will automatically filter offensive messages from accounts unknown to users.

Instagram did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.

In September, Premier League colleague Romelu Lukaku told CNN that social media executives must meet with football stars to eliminate abuse players are subject to the web.

“I have to fight,” Lukaku told CNN’s Amaku Davies at the time. “Because I’m not just fighting for myself. I’m fighting for my son, for my future children, for my brother, for all the other players and their children, you know, for everyone.”


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