Liverpool Women’s winger Rinsola Babajide highlighted the racist and sexist abuse she suffered on Instagram on Thursday.
Babajide posted about his new shoes on his social media account and one user responded by saying, “Football is only for men …” followed by the use of a racial slur.
The comment was posted to Instagram and is no longer visible on the post, which Babajide captured and posted on his social media channels with the caption: “What’s wrong with people.”
In a subsequent post, Babajide showed a screenshot of a message she received from someone who had tried – and failed – to get her attacker exposed on Instagram.
The social media platform responded and said the individual, who was racist and sexist, was not breaking Instagram’s “ community guidelines ”.
Babajide faces abuse on social networks “every week”, Sky Sports News has been said.
Sky Sports News will contact Facebook, owner of Instagram, for comment.
Birmingham, Rangers join Swansea in social media boycott
Swansea has been joined by Birmingham and the Rangers in a week-long social media blackout to take a stand against racist abuse online.
The Swansea Championship team were the first team to take the stand after a wave of ‘heinous’ racist abuse on social media platforms, with three of their first-team players subjected to racist abuse since February.
Birmingham announced Thursday evening that the club “stands in solidarity” with Swansea and will not post any content on its male and female channels for a period of seven days.
Meanwhile, Rangers have become the first team in Scotland to boycott social media in response to abuse and discrimination online.
Rangers express concern over daily racist abuse their players face, as captain James Tavernier says Sky Sports News ahead of the Old Firm game on March 21, every black player at the club has been abused on social media this season.
Swansea players join a growing list who have fallen victim to online abuse in recent weeks, Brentford’s Ivan Toney also abused after Tuesday night’s goalless draw with Birmingham.
Manchester United quartet Anthony Martial, Axel Tuanzebe, Marcus Rashford and Fred have also been targeted, the latter saying “we cannot nurture this culture”.
Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry also described racism on social media as “too toxic to ignore” and has disabled all of his accounts following recent instances on the platform.
British Football Police Chief Constable Mark Roberts last month said the response from social media companies in helping police identify attackers has been “dismal”.
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