Gary Neville praises Marcus Rashford’s ‘heroism’ for going ‘above and beyond’ to counter abuse on social media after Man United striker told Instagram and Twitter accounts which deletes and deletes offensive messages
- Marcus Rashford told social media platforms to simply delete accounts that are responsible for sending abuse to football players after several recent incidents
- His stance was praised by Gary Neville as being ‘brave’ and ‘amazing looking’
- Rashford said he was racially abused after a Man United game with Arsenal
- It comes as Twitter and Facebook tell Premier League clubs that they have no plans to stop users from creating anonymous accounts.
Gary Neville has praised Marcus Rashford’s ‘heroism’ for resisting social media abuse, saying it has been ‘amazing to watch’.
The Manchester United and England striker has called for social media platforms to suspend accounts in order to abuse players, managers and referees after a number of incidents a few weeks ago.
Rashford was abused on social media sites, and Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce and referee Mike Dean were also targeted.
Marcus Rashford has been praised for resisting social media giants following a number of incidents in which footballers, managers and referees were abused.
Gary Neville praised the ‘heroism’ shown by Rashford for resisting online abuse
It comes as Sportsmail Twitter and Facebook revealed to Premier League clubs that they have no plans to stop users from creating anonymous accounts.
Speaking to Sky Sports, 23-year-old Rashford said: ‘It should be easy to stop online abuse. You just turn off the accounts.
It is very easy to make four or five accounts but if you have to stop them, you will stop them.
‘I feel that’ s on the social media companies themselves – Instagram, Twitter.
‘If they see anyone who is being abused or racially abused in any way their accounts should be deleted immediately. That’s one way to get rid of most, if not all. ‘
Marcus Rashford was targeted on Instagram after a 0-0 draw at Manchester United by Arsenal
Rashford was racially abused on social media after Arsenal’s goalless draw at United last month, but rose above it by refusing to write and write screenshots of the offensive messages: ‘Sorry if you were looking for a strong answer, you’re just not going to get it. it is here. ‘
But with examples of those within football abuse abounding in the week, Rashford has spoken again and his stance has been praised by Neville.
‘If you look at what’s going on right now, a player 20 years ago wouldn’t have done this,’ the former Man United defender told Sky Sports.
‘It would be seen as a focus, with proud top players and something you shouldn’t do – certainly with managers.
‘What you see now in Marcus Rashford and young players want to go above and beyond.
‘Look at Jadon Sancho going to Dortmund and making heroic decisions.
English football chiefs have written to Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey (right) and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (left) about abuse levels on their platforms
‘I have to say that the heroism of Marcus Rashford and some young players is a show of great looks and amazing to watch.
‘Social media has been the vehicle for a lot of abuse, but there has also been a lot of abuse in football fields over the last 15 to 20 years. It’s not just social media.
‘It’s positive when used properly because football pitches are overflowing. All domains can be negative. Football pitches can be negative, social media can be negative.
‘Social media is accountable, people think when they are behind phones that they are protected.
‘They have to take that away and be accountable for what they say in the same way if they had said that to someone on the street. ‘
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has suggested that social media companies are not ‘indifferent’ to abuse if they are making money
Twitter and Facebook have made it clear to major Premier League clubs that they will not end the practice of allowing users to open anonymous accounts and that the use of credentials to verify accounts is not going to happen.
Instead, the social media giants will continue to strengthen the policing of indoor social media abuse using their own technological tools.