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Social media companies 'do not care about racial abuse' - Rudiger

Sun 07 February 2021 | 9:02

The Germany international is the most recent Premier League player to be subjected to racial abuse on the internet.

Antonio Rudiger

, the

Chelsea

defender, has received a great amount of racist abuse on the platforms for having something to do with

Frank Lampard

’s dismissal.

Many

Premier League

stars, like

Manchester United

’s Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, and the German defender’s Chelsea team-mates Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi, took the matter to the public to condemn the abuse they have been getting online.

The 27-year-old admitted that he has now joined the victims of hate speech and how these messages can affect people’s lives.

"

What I can say is people should be human beings. I didn't post anything about this but the racial abuse was immense,

" the defender explained.

"

This makes me stronger, I know who I am. I can look in the mirror, I can smile. I can put my hand up. I know I didn't do anything. So for me, this is forgotten. If people are still on that [racially abusing people], at the end of the day I cannot control people and their emotions and I don't want to.

"It's sad. But it is what it is. At the end of the day, in life, for me it's very important that I can look in the mirror.

"That's the most important thing. I see myself. I know who I am. As I said before, with other people, their emotions, I cannot control it. I don't want to control it.

"They can say what they want. Of course, it hurts but in this

case, I just block this out because I know who I am and I didn't do anything.

"To be very honest, I don't know about all these social media things.

"Because at the end of the day, if more people are making accounts, I think they make money off it.   

"So, me personally, I don't think these people care. For, as you know, this money has power. And the rest doesn't matter.

"It's hard to tell if people will make a change on that. I feel sorry for that. But I feel more sorry for people who are not strong enough, it really affects them this type of stuff.

"

Of course, it affects me in a way too but for me, it's just to think people are not normal. People are, sorry to say, stupid." 

Rudiger denied all the accusations, insisting that he had no part in the club’s decision to sack Lampard.

"

It's my fourth season in the club and so far, I had four coaches. My conscience is clear. I know who I am. I know I didn't do all of that nonsense that came out. In my head I'm very free,

" he added.

"

I am open for every new coach as I was open also to Mr. Lampard."


source: SportMob
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