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Subject to racial abuse, Kyle Walker is referred to as a ‘c ***’ in a private message on Instagram

The sickening barrage of online racist abuse that footballers are exposed to has unfortunately continued with Kyle Walker, the latest recipient.

The Manchester City defender was racially abused via a private Instagram message and went public just hours after his side’s 1-0 Carabao Cup final victory over Tottenham.

Walker shared the vile message he received, revealing its contents through his Instagram story before writing, ‘When is this going to end ?!’ and tag Instagram directly.

Kyle Walker was subjected to racial abuse online via Instagram

Manchester City’s Kyle Walker has been the victim of racist abuse online via Instagram

Walker shared the nasty abuse just hours after winning the Carabao Cup final against Tottenham

The post, from an account with three followers and zero posts, wrote, ‘Hello you unlucky sole, you’ve fallen victim to one of my racial affairs,’ before moving on to racial insults – including labeling Walker a ‘c *** ‘.

The account also mentions that they hope his ‘wife beats him’ because of his race.

Facebook – which owns Instagram – has said the account was disabled before Walker posted the message, according to Sky Sports News. They also report that the platform says they are in the process of developing a new tool that, when enabled, means no one should see offensive messages anymore.

The abuse targeting Walker comes shortly after it was revealed that English football will boycott social media this weekend as part of the war against racist abuse online.

It was announced on Saturday that the Premier League and Football League clubs, as well as the FA and PFA, will unite this weekend in a widespread blackout of social media platforms.

This will ensure that clubs will shut down their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for an entire round of matches from Friday, April 30, 3 p.m. to Monday, midnight, May 3. This includes Manchester United’s Premier League clash with Liverpool.

Premier League clubs will unite this weekend in a widespread social media blackout

Both Man United and Liverpool will shut down their social media accounts before their match

The Women’s Super League, Women’s Championship, the League Managers Association, Football Supporters Association, Referee Group Professional Game Match Officials Limited, and anti-racism charity Kick It Out have all joined the boycott.

BT Sport and Sky Sports are expected to participate in the protest, broadcasters told Sportsmail on Sunday. They will hold talks on Monday to finalize the details of how they will play their part.

Richard Masters, Premier League CEO, said: “We and our clubs are standing alongside football in organizing this boycott to emphasize the urgent need for social media companies to do more to eradicate racial hatred.”

Sanjay Bhandari, Kick It Out chair, added, “This boycott reflects our collective anger at the damage it is causing to the people who play, watch and work in the game.”

Sky Sports and BT will join the social media boycott against online abuse by English football

BT will speak with Sky to discuss how they will join the protests against abuse

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