Social Media urged to take action after Son Heung-min was abused online

Son Heung-min
Son Heung-min

After Tottenham Hotspur’s claim that forward Son Heung-min was the target of “reprehensible” online abuse, football authorities have urged social media companies and authorities to take “the harshest measures.”

Son’s goal helped Tottenham defeat West Ham 2-0 on Sunday, advancing the team to fourth place in the Premier League standings.

Tottenham in a tweet said: “We stand with Sonny and once again call on the social media companies and authorities to take action”.

In their support, Italian club side, AC in a tweet said: Show racism the red card. We’re with you, Son ❤️#WeRespAct”.

Also, a spokesperson from the England Football Association (FA) Sunday tweeted that: “We strongly condemn the racist abuse aimed at Heung-Min Son this evening.

“This has no place in our game and we fully support the authorities and social media companies to take the strongest possible action to tackle it.”

The allegations of internet abuse against Son came a week after Ivan Toney, a striker for Brentford, claimed to have experienced harassment online after scoring against Arsenal in the Premier League.

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Kick It Out, a group dedicated to ending discrimination in sports acknowledged both occurrences and released the following statement: “The longer it takes social media companies to take action, or government to pass the online safety bill, the more players will be abused.

“Are players just expected to take the abuse while we wait for reform? Players should not be victims, they need better protection online, and this is why change needs to come quickly.”

A study done by the football and basketball players’ unions last year found that athletes were subjected to hundreds of “abusive” remarks, including racist posts and “threatening or violent language.”

According to the study, such misuse has an effect on athletes’ performance and mental health.

The big question is – will it ever stop?