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GUARDIAN – Kick It Out calls for collective action on social media abuse towards players

• Anti-discrimination organisation wants expert panel set up to tackle problem• Game, police and internet companies urged to come togetherAn enormous volume of racist, homophobic, sexist and other discriminatory abuse of Premier League footballers and clubs on social media has been revealed in new research for the game’s anti-discrimination organisation, Kick It Out.The search of Twitter, Facebook, supporters’ forums and blogs, using key abusive terms with players’ and club names, refined to identify direct abuse, found 134,400 discriminatory posts this season, from August 2014 to last month. Continue reading…

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