The Brazilian was targeted in the same week that teammate Eddie Nketiah received abhorrent abuse and 24 hours after Arsenal leader Vinai Venkatesham labeled the issue football’s biggest problem’.

Willian posted a screenshot of the messages sent to him with the caption: ‘Something needs to improve. The battle against racism continues.’

Arsenal said in a statement: ‘Where any person is found to have an Arsenal membership, they will be banned. We cannot and will not let racial and hateful violence become a normalized part of the game.’

Arsenal also threatened to ban all fans from their database who are found to have sent racial abuse to their players.

But Twitter has stubbornly announced they will resist the mounting pressure to amend their rules and continue to allow users to post messages from anonymous accounts.

Willian became the new player to receive sickening online messages after Arsenal’s 1-1 Europa League draw with Benfica.


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