Tottenham say they have been left ‘disgusted’ with the racist abuse aimed at Destiny Udogie which emerged on social media.
He was involved in Diogo Jota’s red card in the second half after being adjudged by referee Simon Hooper to have been fouled for both of the Portugal international’s yellow cards.
Udogie, 20, then received a number of comments and messages of racist abuse after the Premier League fixture on Instagram with Spurs now working to identify the culprits.
A club statement read: “We are disgusted at the racist messages directed towards Destiny Udogie on social media following Saturday’s game against Liverpool.
“We will work with the Premier League and, where possible, take action against any individual we are able to identify.
“We stand with you, Destiny.”
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The Premier League tweeted: “Racism or any form of discrimination will not be tolerated by the Premier League.
“We will continue to work alongside clubs to ensure cases are reported and investigated and offenders face severe consequences.”
Not all supporters know how to report hate crime incidents, be they online or at the match, so we thought it would be useful to explain how.
If you have experienced or witnessed discrimination at a football match at any level, or on social media, you can report it to Kick It Out through their online reporting form or via their reporting app available on both iOS and Android. You can also report hate crimes to your local police force here.
By reporting online abuse, you can help stop the behaviour and protect other people from seeing the abusive content. Online abuse does not have to be experienced directly by someone in order for that person to report. Everyone has a responsibility to report online hate they see.
In September 2023, an Online Safety Bill passed its final Parliamentary debate and is now ready to become law.
The Online Safety Bill has been signed off by the Houses of Parliament and will become law soon, which should see the bill make the UK the safest place in the world to be online by placing new duties on social media companies.
Technology Secretary Michelle Donelan said:
‘The Online Safety Bill is a game-changing piece of legislation. Today, this government is taking an enormous step forward in our mission to make the UK the safest place in the world to be online.
“I am immensely proud of what we have achieved with this bill. Our common-sense approach will deliver a better future for British people, by making sure that what is illegal offline is illegal online. It puts protecting children first, enabling us to catch keyboard criminals and crack down on the heinous crimes they seek to commit.
“I am deeply thankful to the tireless campaigning and efforts of parliamentarians, survivors of abuse and charities who have all worked relentlessly to get this bill to the finish line.
“Without this groundbreaking legislation, the safety of children across the country would be at stake and the internet would remain a wild west of content, putting children’s lives and mental health at risk. The bill has a zero-tolerance approach to protecting children, meaning social media platforms will be legally responsible for the content they host and keeping children and young people safe online.’
Social media platforms will be expected to:
– remove illegal content quickly or prevent it from appearing in the first place, including content promoting self-harm
– prevent children from accessing harmful and age-inappropriate content
– enforce age limits and age-checking measures
– ensure the risks and dangers posed to children on the largest social media platforms are more transparent, including by publishing risk assessments
– provide parents and children with clear and accessible ways to report problems online when they do arise
You can see more by clicking HERE.
Messages of support have been sent to the player after Tottenham say they have been left ‘disgusted’ with the racist abuse aimed at Destiny Udogie on social media…
@TalkTHFC__: Absolutely shocking. This type of stuff shouldn’t be happening. It’s 2023 get a grip!
@matthayesthfc: Destiny 🤍
@TheSpursCamp: We’re all with you Destiny 🤍🤍🤍🤍
@Abdullahi_wolf: Disgusting and embarrassing from them. Racism has no place in football. Shame on them.
@RachelVMartin: Horrendous that he’s been subjected to this – sending love and respect to Destiny.
@DannyGriffiths1: Absolutely shocking that people still do this. It’ll be the people hiding their faces too.
@HarryScarfe22: Absolutely disgusting, shouldn’t be happening in 2023. Far more important than any bad decision. We stand with you Destiny. 🤍
@LewisJones_90: Should go without saying, but anybody racially abusing Destiny Udogie because of what happened during a game of football is a monumental moron and should face the consequences of their repulsive actions
@thfclewis: Absolutely disgusting that anyone can be racist in this day and age. Glad we put out a statement because the bullshit about the “integrity of the game” when shit like this still happens regularly is just disgusting
@Turner_LFC: Absolutely vile this. Again, you shouldn’t be able to have social media without it being on your account (privately of course) of who you are. Anonymous accounts doing this just get away with it because it’s too easy for them.
@S4SH_P: Time & time again we see this happening… the Online Safety Bill was passed recently to help prevent discrimination & abuse on social media platforms… we now need to see this in action by the social media organisations