Micah Richards is demanding social media giants and websites ban the n-word and stop the racist abuse of black footballers.
The ex-Man City and Aston Villa star has also been a target of racist vitriol since becoming a high-profile pundit.
And Richards, now 32, said: “You shouldn’t be able to write the n-word. I say it in my documentary and I say it because I want people to squirm and think, ‘People actually said that to you’.
“That’s why we leave the n-word in the documentary. On social media platforms, you shouldn’t even be allowed to write that.
“How can you get away with that? You can’t go to work and call someone that and get away with it, so why should it be allowed on social media?
“I can take the abuse because I’ve dealt with it all my life and I laugh it off now. But I don’t think they understand the impact it has on the kids and their lives.
“Imagine if your kid was being abused pretty much every day of their life but no one is doing enough to eradicate it.
“It’s unbelievable really. I’m going to speak to them again after the documentary, to see how they’ve improved and the measures they’ve taken.
“But honestly it’s horrible and it’s every day. You don’t need to go on my comments. If you go on any platform – Sky, BBC, BT – you see the comments underneath and it’s sickening to be honest. Because no one can see them, they can write what they want.
“These are the true opinions of people and it’s disheartening but there’s nothing we can do. It’s down to the platforms and I’m not going to just leave it here.
“I’m going to chase it up and make sure they are doing everything they can do to eradicate this situation. They need to do more research.”
- Micah Richards: Tackling Racism is available on Sky Documentaries and NOW TV from Monday 25th January at 9pm.