Twitter meets Premier League, FA and EFL over racist abuse
Last Updated: 20/09/19 1:53pm
Football authorities met Twitter in London on Friday to discuss what can be done about the racist abuse of players on the social media platform.
Twitter say they are serious about the problem but football's stakeholders want to see real action being taken and it is understood senior members of the Premier League, Football League and Football Association attended the meeting.
Manchester United duo Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba and Chelsea's Tammy Abraham and Kurt Zouma - among others - have been racially abused on Twitter this season.
"The Premier League, EFL and FA today met Twitter with respect to the ongoing concerns surrounding discriminatory and hateful conduct taking place on the platform," a joint statement from the three organisations read.
"The meeting was productive and positive, and gave both the football authorities and Twitter an opportunity to examine some of the specific issues around this unacceptable behaviour both online and offline.
"All parties agreed to take these constructive discussions forward."
Sky Sports News understands football authorities held a similar meeting with Facebook in the summer - while Twitter representatives spoke at last week's meeting of EFL clubs at Huddersfield's John Smith's Stadium.
West Ham midfielder Declan Rice also received threats over his switch from the Republic of Ireland to England, and was highly critical of the lack of action taken, while Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling has been outspoken about wanting more to be done.
Last month a group of MPs backed Manchester United defender Harry Maguire's call for social media firms to verify accounts with users' passports to allow companies to block those responsible for abuse and for police to trace them more effectively.
Maguire's call - to make users prove their identity as betting apps do - came after a number of footballers suffered a torrent of racist abuse on a number of platforms.
Earlier this month, Twitter reported it had taken action against 700 reported cases of abuse or hateful conduct.