Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku believes that social media CEOs need to sit down with players to help combat racist abuse in football. A number of players including Reece James, Antonio Rudiger, and N’golo Kante have spoken out about the racism that they have faced online in the last few years. The former had deleted his social media account due to the volume of racial abuse he received.
Premier League has firmly backed the anti-racism message with players and coaches kneeling down before matches. Recently, Marcos Alonso revealed that he will not be doing so as the anti-racist gesture seems to be losing its strength.
“The captains of every team, and four or five players, like the big personalities of every team, should have a meeting with the CEOs of Instagram and governments and the FA and the PFA,” Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku said about social media. “We should just sit around the table and have a big meeting about it. [It is] how we can attack it straight away, not only from the men’s game but also from the women’s game. I think just all of us together and just have a big meeting and have a conference and just talk about stuff that needs to be addressed to protect the players, but also to protect fans and younger players that want to become professional footballers.”
“I think we can take stronger positions, basically,” he added. “Yeah, we are taking the knee, but in the end, everybody’s clapping but… sometimes after the game, you see another insult.”