Marcus Rashford has urged social media companies to do more in the fight against online abuse, saying the problem should be “easy to stop” for the tech giants.
The Manchester United and England forward has been one of several players who have come under attack during a series of incidents in recent weeks.
These attacks have prompted England’s football bosses to write an open letter to the bosses of Twitter and Facebook calling for action to be taken to address “shelters of abuse”.
“Online abuse should be easy to stop,” Rashford told Sky Sports on Friday. “Just deactivate the accounts.
“It is very easy to create four or five accounts, but if you have to block them, you block them.
“I think it’s in the social media companies themselves: Instagram, Twitter.
“If they see someone who is being racially abused or abused in any way, their accounts should be deleted immediately.”
He added: “That’s one way to get rid of most, if not all of it.”
Rashford’s colleagues at United, Axel Tuanzebe and Anthony Martial, have also come under fire on social media in recent weeks.
“I spoke to Axel when it happened to him,” Rashford said. “Axel is a tough guy and it’s not nice to hear such things.
“But he recovered, he always comes to training happy and smiling and works hard, and that is what we are here to do.
“Wherever you are in the world, you can be the target of this kind of abuse… That’s where you have to show strength and that you are mentally capable of dealing with such things, although you shouldn’t have to because you shouldn’t. be happening. “
Rashford has 4.2 million followers on Twitter, and the 23-year-old used the platform to help persuade the British government to change its policy of free school meals in England during the coronavirus pandemic.
“It doesn’t have as much of an effect on me as it does on other people, but it should be a place where people should be happy and just enjoy it,” Rashford said.
“He wasn’t here 10-15 years ago and we are privileged to have him, to connect with people from all over the world with different cultures and religions.
“Seeing people use it negatively is stupid. Hopefully they can fix that problem and it can be a place of goodness and happiness. “