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Ferdinand demands action after QPR’s Osayi-Samuel racially abused

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PR director of football Les Ferdinand has called on governing bodies across sport to force social media platforms to do more to combat racism.

Ferdinand has made the plea in the wake of QPR winger Bright Osayi-Samuel suffering racist abuse on Instagram after his side’s 1-1 draw with Norwich City on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old also had abuse directed towards members of his family and he posted saying: “It’s disgusting & painful to be receiving messages like this!”

QPR have condemned the incident and are working with Instagram to identify the culprit.

QPR CEO Lee Hoos said: “We completely deplore the abhorrent abuse Bright has been subjected to.

“It astounds me that people feel they can freely post such comments without any fear of reprisal.

“We are working with Instagram and asking them to assist us in identifying the individual concerned.
“I do feel social media platforms have a duty of care to its users who are victimised in this way.”

Ferdinand has echoed Hoos’ comments and believes social media companies must do more to stop such attacks.

“This type of abuse on social media is too commonplace and has to stop,” he said.

“In a society that now rightly places greater importance on mental wellbeing than ever before, how can people be able to set up anonymous social media accounts?

“This will continue and continue until we stop it from being possible.

“I believe governing bodies across sport – not just football – need to come together to create a powerful voice which calls for social media platforms to change their stance.”


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