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Phil Neville calls for social media boycott to combat racist abuse

England Women head coach Phil Neville is calling on the “football community” to boycott social media platforms until they do more to tackle racism.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham and Reading’s Yakou Meite have all recently received online racist abuse.

Neville: ‘Twitter won’t do anything about it, Instagram won’t do anything about it. They send you an email reply saying they’ll investigate but nothing happens’

Pogba’s team-mates Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard have both tweeted their support, too, while United defender Harry Maguire has suggested people should only be able to open social media accounts if they provide proof of identity.

Neville agrees with Maguire but believes companies like Twitter will only act if they are forced to do so.

‘I’ve lost total faith in whoever runs these social media departments so as a football community in terms of really sending out a powerful message, let’s come off social media and see the effect that it has on these social media companies and whether they are really going to do something about it.’