Kyle Walker has shared a message on his Instagram story featuring racist abuse following Manchester City’s Carabao Cup final win over Tottenham on Sunday.
The England defender asked “When is this going to stop?” and tagged in Instagram when revealing the message on his story.
The message, from an account with three followers and zero posts, began “Hello you unlucky sole you have fallen victim to one of my racial ratios”, before using several racial slurs.
Sky Sports News have approached Instagram for comment.
Earlier on Sunday evening, Walker posted a picture on his Instagram and Twitter accounts celebrating City’s Carabao Cup final win over Tottenham at Wembley, in which he played all 90 minutes.
Social media boycott next weekend
The Instagram message sent to Walker comes a day after football’s governing bodies confirmed there would be a social media boycott next weekend “in response to the ongoing and sustained discriminatory abuse received online”.
The FA, Premier League, EFL, FA Women’s Super League, FA Women’s Championship, PFA, LMA, PGMOL, Kick It Out and the FSA will unite for the boycott from 3pm on Friday April 30 until 11.59pm on Monday May 3.
The action will see clubs from the Premier League, EFL, WSL and Women’s Championship switch off their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
In light of the social media boycott, Instagram said it empathises with footballers and clubs taking part in order to make a stand against racial abuse online.
In recent weeks a number of players, including former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry, have quit online platforms over a lack of action from technology companies, while clubs like Swansea City, Birmingham City and Rangers staged boycotts.
In response, Instagram’s policy manager, Fadzai Madzingira told Sky Sports News: “I empathise with a lot of the frustrations. I think the interesting thing with the boycotts is that in the past often boycotts are because people disagree. In this case, we are on the same side.
“We want to work towards having a platform that doesn’t have this sort of abuse on it. People shouldn’t have to deal with this sort of abuse.
“We welcome conversations on how we can continue to improve our product and how we can work on tools to make people safe.
“The whole point of social media is making sure people do have a voice to make a stand. From our side, we recognise this is part of a wider conversation to raise awareness.”
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