Former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright says he’s “combating this all the best way” after being despatched “humiliating” and “dehumanising” racist abuse on social media.
Wright, 56, tweeted a sequence of screengrabs of the offensive messages he obtained from an individual on Instagram.
Wright advised the No Signal radio station it was as much as social media platforms to behave as a result of “you possibly can’t let individuals get away with it”.
“It is improper in each means,” he mentioned.
Match of the Day pundit Wright, who gained 33 caps for England, initially mentioned “these messages nonetheless hit me so exhausting”.
Chatting with No Sign afterward Monday, he added: “There needs to be some type of consequence.
“I’ve bought a platform the place I can attain individuals. That is occurring to individuals every day the place they can not do what I did – that is why I needed to name this man out.
“We’re coping with people who want to cover. Platforms like Instagram and Twitter are the place they will disguise however, what they have not understood and what that man can have realised as we speak is, it is not my platform – it is all people who has are available in on him. One thing needs to be carried out.
“He was relentless with it as nicely.”
Wright, who has beforehand highlighted the role of social media as a vehicle for racism, added: “I do not need this occurring to my children.
“I am combating this one all the best way.”
Former Aston Villa ahead Gabriel Agbonlahor was additionally despatched an abusive and racist message on Instagram, and Kick It Out referred to as for individuals who focused him and Wright to be punished.
“We’re appalled throughout this very making an attempt time by the disgraceful abuse directed at Ian Wright and Gabriel Agbonlahor and their households,” a press release learn.
Former Tottenham and England striker Darren Bent referred to as the messages despatched to Wright “disgusting” and a “shame”.
Bent added: “The unhappy factor is, is that that is an on a regular basis prevalence, but these idiots are allowed to day by day grow to be keyboard warriors and face no punishment.”
— to www.bbc.co.uk