Sam Allardyce has revealed the shocking scale of abuse inflicted on Callum Robinson following his two-goal performance in West Brom’s win at Chelsea last week.
Allardyce said Robinson had received “over 70 posts” of a discriminatory nature on social media and that the response from platforms to tackle such abuse was “just not good enough.”
Robinson reported a racist response to one of his Instagram posts following his performance, and his club subsequently reported the incident to police, who are currently investigating.
Allardyce said: “We’ve had two other incidents in this area, but nothing as serious as Callum. I think it’s over 70 posts from, apparently, 20 different [accounts] on Instagram.
“We have had a great response from the police and our club is supporting them in any way we can.
“In the world of football we’ve all made very positive progress, but outside of the law that’s where these guys live.
“The solution can only be found by the people in the hierarchy of government and the people who manage these sites, who clearly neglect their responsibility to suppress these forms of discrimination and racist speech.
“The people who hide behind bogus sites and post obscene messages like this, in the world we live in today and with the technology we have today, are simply not enough.”
Allardyce admitted Robinson was ‘hurt’ by the reaction, but supported him to respond well as he continues to prepare for the next phase of the relegation battle from West Brom to Southampton on Monday.
“I’m happy to say that Callum is a pretty strong character, not that it didn’t hurt him, of course,” Allardyce added.
“The police were brilliant in questioning him. They will do their best and the club are doing their best.”
Meanwhile, Allardyce praised Swansea’s decision to boycott all forms of social media for a week following abuse of a number of their players, adding: “I would commend and support their position [but] it is a decision that our club must make. “