Online hate probe identifies ‘anonymous’ racist abusers of Premier League footballers

A report found that 14 Premier League players were subjected to abusive behaviour in the build up to, and on, the final day of the Premier League season and evidence will be handed over to the UK Football Policing Unit and Professional Footballers’ Association.

A joint investigation by Quest, a sports integrity investigations and advisory firm, and Signify, a data science company, has revealed how users in the United Kingdom abused players and presenters in the build up to, and on, the final day of the Premier League season.

A report found that 14 Premier League players were subjected to abusive behaviour and evidence will be handed over to the UK Football Policing Unit and Professional Footballers’ Association.

“You can get on the front foot, you can unmask people, you can hold the abusers that are undermining the game of football to account,” said Quest director Sir Mark Rowley.

“Sometimes what I hear in the media sounds like a counsel of despair. That’s not necessary, we can win, we can hold them to account and we can change the environment.”

The owners of 10 accounts have been identified as racially abusing one Premier League player: three accounts created in Asia, three accounts in Africa, two accounts in the Middle East and two accounts in the UK.

In one instance, an offensive account handle – which is known to Sky Sports News – remains active on Twitter.

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