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City's Sterling racially abused after Champions League

May 06, 2021 10:44 IST
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Man City's Sterling racially abused on social media

Raheem Sterling

IMAGE: The abuse occurred after City's Champions League semi-final victory over Paris St Germain on Tuesday. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling was racially abused on Instagram less than 48 hours after English football's social media boycott campaign came to an end.

The abuse occurred after City's Champions League semi-final victory over Paris St Germain on Tuesday.

 

A spokesperson for Facebook, which owns Instagram, said on Wednesday the company had removed the comment and taken action against the account responsible.

"The racist abuse sent to Raheem Sterling is unacceptable and we do not want it on Instagram," the statement said.

"No single thing will fix this challenge overnight but we’re committed to doing what we can to keep our community safe from abuse."

Two City supporters were banned from football matches for five years in January last year for racially abusing Sterling.

The Football Association has called on the British government to introduce legislation to compel social media companies to do more to eradicated online abuse following the sport community's four-day boycott last weekend.

Man United-Liverpool game rearranged for May 13

Manchester United's postponed home Premier League match against Liverpool has been rearranged for May 13, the league said on Wednesday.

The match was called off on Sunday after United fans protesting against the club's American owners, the Glazer family, stormed into the stadium which was closed to spectators due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The rescheduling of the game means United must play two games in the space of two days as their home game against Leicester City has been moved forward a day to May 11.

United's penultimate league game at home to Fulham has been scheduled for May 18, allowing the club to host a limited number of fans in line with the government's plan to ease lockdown restrictions in England.

Liverpool's trip to West Bromwich Albion will take place on May 16 as planned.

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