Premier League Matters seem to be getting worse
The recent wave of death threats and racial abuse towards Premier League players on social media shows no sign of abating.
The insults, often thrown by anonymous accounts, across various social media platforms are a growing cause for concern, with players, coaches and referees on the receiving end.
A recent study by Signify, a London-based artificial intelligence company, identified thousands of threats and abuse towards players including Granit Xhaka, Harry Kane, Hector Bellerin and Antonio Rudiger.
The study, which examined 800,000 posts over 30 days, stated that 90 percent of the offending accounts remained active.
“Don’t make me set your house on fire and burn everyone inside it,” read one threat revealed by Stoke City winger James McClean.
“I want Xhaka hanging on a tree tonight,” said another.
Chelsea defender Rudiger, meanwhile, received 2000 messages with emojis of snakes and rats after fans decided to blame him for Frank Lampard’s sacking.
Bellerin was insulted for supporting LGBT+ causes, while Kane received anti-Semitic and ableist abuse and the list goes on.
There are an alarming number of similar cases and the anonymity and impunity with which the abusers act is something which needs to be addressed.