Wed 30 December 2020 | 17:02

Missed penalty led to abuse on Osayi-Samuel's social media account

QPR chief executive is disgusted by the verbal abuse on the players Instagram and argues that people should not be able to get anonymous accounts to spread violence or curse words.

After losing an opportunity to turn the 1-1 draw into a win for

Queens Park Rangers


at the match against Norwich City by


, his Instagram account became the target for online abuse.

wished to get sick or die and racist messages ere the mostly commented words.

Lee Hoos

, QPR chief executive, said:

“We completely deplore the abhorrent abuse Bright has been subjected to.

“It astounds me that people feel they can freely post such comments without any fear of reprisal.

“We are working with Instagram and asking them to assist us in identifying the individual concerned.

“I do feel social media platforms have a duty of care to its users who are victimised in this way.”

Les Ferdinand

, QPR director of football, demanded more control over such kind of abuse, saying that this has to stop. He also condemned the way anonymous people can easily get accounts:

“This type of abuse on social media is too commonplace and has to stop. In a society that now rightly places greater importance on mental wellbeing than ever before, how can people be able to set up anonymous social media accounts?

“This will continue and continue until we stop it from being possible. I believe governing bodies across sport – not just football – need to come together to create a powerful voice which calls for social media platforms to change their stance.”

source: SportMob

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