Ministers promise crackdown on online racism against black footballers

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Marcus Rashford describes racist abuse as ‘humanity and social media at its worst’

Ministers have vowed to crack down on online racism levelled at footballers as Manchester police confirmed they were launching an investigation into the racial abuse a number of black players received during the last week.

Manchester United and England striker Marcus Rashford has described the racist abuse he received on Saturday night after United’s draw at Arsenal as “humanity and social media at its worst”. This came as the Chelsea defender Reece James, West Brom’s Romaine Sawyers and the Manchester United duo Axel Tuanzebe and Anthony Martial were also all targeted this week.

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