England striker Marcus Rashford fears football’s struggle with racism is “going backwards rather than forwards”.
Manchester United star Rashford is one of a host of top players to have suffered abuse this season after missing a penalty in a defeat against Crystal Palace.
Rashford’s former United team-mate Romelu Lukaku was subjected to monkey chants while playing for Inter Milan at Cagliari last weekend, while his current United colleague Paul Pogba was attacked on social media.
Chelsea duo Tammy Abraham and Kurt Zouma also endured racial taunts on platforms such as Twitter and Rashford doesn’t believe enough is being done to eradicate the problem.
“It’s obviously disappointing. It seems to me like things have been going backwards rather than forwards,” he told reporters.
“You know, it’s tough, but like you’ve been seeing all around the world, people have been standing together and I think in this moment that’s all we can do.
Rashford took part in the Professional Footballers’ Association’s 24-hour boycott of social media platforms back in May.
Twitter says it has “taken action” on “more than 700 examples of hateful conduct” in the past two weeks.
The company has also met “directly affected” clubs, the PFA and anti-racism campaigners Kick it Out in an attempt to “tackle the issue collectively”.
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