• Arsenal manager says ‘it is causing a lot of damage’
  • Southampton’s Jankewitz the latest target of racist abuse

Mikel Arteta says social media networks must take greater responsibility for online abuse of footballers and fears it is causing “a lot of damage” to the mental health of those on the receiving end.

Southampton’s Alex Jankewitz became the latest player to suffer racist abuse online since the middle of last week, with Chelsea’s Reece James and Manchester United’s Anthony Martial, Axel Tuanzebe and Marcus Rashford among other targets. West Midlands Police arrested a man on suspicion of racially abusing the West Brom midfielder Romaine Sawyers following their game against Manchester City. It is a recurring problem that has never been adequately dealt with and Arteta believes urgent action must be taken.

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