Swansea City have once again urged social media companies to do more to combat racist abuse after striker Morgan Whittaker became the latest player to be targeted by online trolls.
Whittaker is the fourth Swansea player to be targeted over the last few months having scored the winner against former club Derby on Saturday, following similar incidents involving Yan Dhanda, Ben Cabango and Jamal Lowe.
In a bid to send a message out to social media companies – and show a unified front against racism – the club decided to undergo a week-long social media boycott in April – a course of action which has been adopted by many sporting organisations and media outlets over the bank holiday weekend, including the Premier League and EFL.
However, in light of this latest incident, Swansea have once again called on social media platforms to do more to combat online abuse.
A club statement read: “Swansea City is saddened, angry and appalled by vile racist abuse received by Morgan Whittaker via social media following Saturday’s game against Derby County.
“The abuse in question has been reported to South Wales Police and the club is assisting them in their investigation.
“The fact that this has happened across a period where clubs, players and stakeholders have come together for a boycott of social media for this very reason, again shows just how much work still needs to be done.
“Morgan is sadly the fourth Swansea City player to suffer such abhorrent and disgraceful abuse online since February – a damning indictment on the world we live in.
“As a club we will continue to strive for change, urging social media companies to take strong action and implement real change on their platforms that will enable its users to open their accounts and not have to worry about what they might find.
“Chief executive Julian Winter recently wrote to both Twitter and Facebook, the latter replying with examples of how they try to combat online abuse. But with vile incidents appearing on a daily basis, stronger action is clearly required.
“Morgan has the full and unwavering support of everyone at Swansea, and our message remains clear. Enough is enough.”