Liverpool Women winger Rinsola Babajide suffers racist and sexist abuse on Instagram

Liverpool Women winger Rinsola Babajide has highlighted the racist and sexist abuse she suffered on Instagram on Thursday.

Babajide posted about her new boots on her social media account and a user replied saying, “football is only for men…”, followed by the use of a racial slur.

The comment was reported to Instagram and is no longer visible on the post, which Babajide screenshotted and posted on her social media channels with the caption: “What is wrong with people.”

In a subsequent post, Babajide showed a screenshot of a message she had received from someone who had tried – and failed – to get her abuser reported on Instagram.

The social media platform responded and said the individual, who had been racist and sexist, was not breaking Instagram’s ‘Community Guidelines’.

Babajide has to deal with abuse on social media “weekly”, Sky Sports News has been told.

Sky Sports News will be contacting Facebook, who own Instagram, for comment.

Birmingham, Rangers join Swansea in social media boycott

Swansea have been joined by Birmingham and Rangers in a week-long social media blackout to take a stand against online racist abuse.

Championship side Swansea were the first side to take the stand following a spate of “abhorrent” racial abuse on social media platforms, with three of their first-team players subjected to racist abuse since February.


Swansea forward Jamal Lowe has told Sky Sports News he hopes the club’s social media blackout will bring about positive change as football continues the fight against the growing problem of online hate and abuse

Birmingham announced on Thursday evening the club “stands in solidarity” with Swansea and will not publish any content across their men’s and women’s channels for a period of seven days.

Meanwhile, Rangers became the first side in Scotland to boycott social media in response to online abuse and discrimination.

Rangers say they are concerned with the daily racist abuse their players have to endure, with captain James Tavernier telling Sky Sports News before the Old Firm game on March 21 that every black player at the club has been abused on social media this season.

Glen Kamara (L) was allegedly subject to racist abuse during Rangers' Europa League exit on Thursday against Slavia Prague


Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson told Sky Sports News the alleged racial abuse of midfielder Glen Kamara may be a tipping point for football authorities to impose stronger sanctions

Swansea’s players join a growing list who have been subjected to online abuse in recent weeks, with Brentford’s Ivan Toney also abused following Tuesday night’s goalless draw with Birmingham.

Manchester United quartet Anthony Martial, Axel Tuanzebe, Marcus Rashford and Fred have also been targeted, with the latter saying “we cannot feed that culture”.

Arsenal’s former forward Thierry Henry has also described racism on social media as “too toxic to ignore” and disabled all of his accounts following the recent instances on the platform.

Last month, the UK’s football policing lead Detective Chief Constable Mark Roberts said the response of social media companies in assisting the police to identify abusers has been “woeful”.

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