Rangers star Kemar Roofe has shared what appear to be racist messages that have been sent to him over the course of the last couple of months.
Over the Bank Holiday weekend, football clubs across the UK shut down their social media accounts in a bid to end online abuse.
During the first day of being back online, Roofe, 28, has shared vile abuse that seems to have been directly sent to him by an account on Instagram.
In three separate posts on his Instagram story (which you can see below), Roofe has been sent a series of monkey emojis by a private account that is not anonymous.
One series of emojis even shows a monkey being hit by a car followed by a disabled person emoji.
The messages date back to March 21, three days after Roofe was sent off for a high challenge on Slavia Prague goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar.
The most recent message was sent to Roofe today (Tuesday), which appears to show an orangutan emoji being used in response to a video of clip of what looks to be the Rangers player’s daughter.
While it’s early days, it doesn’t appear as though Instagram have done anything to prevent football players – or their families – from being sent disgusting and abusive messages.
This person appears to have been sending these messages to Roofe for weeks and has anything been done about it? Clearly not as the Instagram account remains active.
Ibrox News has reported the account that Roofe has shown and await to see what Instagram does in response.
We had our fears that the social media boycott over recent days would do nothing to deter vile abuse sent to footballers.
It’s not the first time Roofe has been sent apparent racist messages either.
Last month, the former Leeds and West Brom player uploaded similar screenshots to his Instagram story.
One of the accounts which sent monkey emojis to Roofe remains active.
Instagram are doing next to nothing to deal with these people.
If clubs and organisations want to take a real stand that will actually make some difference, they need to switch off their accounts indefinitely.
And they cannot be the only ones to do it too, it needs a huge wave of support from players, fans, officials, former players, journalists, news organisations and so on.
Look at what happened in England with the opposition to the European Super League. Football fans can make a difference.
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