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After defender Reece James was exposed to harassment on Friday, Chelsea called on social media sites to do more to counter racism online. After he posted a screenshot of abusive messages he got via Instagram, the 21-year-old said “something needs to change”.

His club said that the violence “disgusted” him and denounced all forms of discrimination.

“In sport, as in wider society, we must create a social media environment where hateful and discriminatory actions are as unacceptable online as they would be on the street,” “We add our voice to those urging social media platforms and regulatory authorities to take stronger, more effective and more urgent action against this despicable behaviour. “Something needs to change and it needs to change now.”

It comes just days after Anthony Martial and Axel Tuanzebe were both attacked online by the Manchester United pair, with a variety of racist comments and symbols appearing on old Instagram pictures.

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