Frank Lampard has said that social media companies need to step up their efforts so that players are not targeted online. The Chelsea manager made the statement after Tammy Abraham received racial abuse from a set of fans for missing a penalty against Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul.
Tammy Abraham’s penalty miss was a decisive one as it helped Liverpool clinch the Super Cup in penalties after the match ended 2-2 after extra time. The club has strongly condemned the "abhorrent posts" that have been aimed at the 21 year old striker.
"Tammy is more than disappointed. I am disgusted by a so-called Chelsea fan. I don't know how it's allowed on the [social media] platforms. It's too easy, so something needs to be done. I'm so angry for Tammy and angry for us as a club because that's not what we're about, the club does a lot of work against discrimination on all levels. It's a setback when these things happen,” Lampard said at his pre-game press conference on Friday.
“I have spoken with Tammy, he is a strong character. He's infectious, he is a great young man and his football career is ahead of him. It will be a test of his character that he shouldn't need." Lampard added.
Abraham’s former Aston Villa team mate, Micah Richards also expressed his concern on BBC Radio 5 and asked the player to use it as a “fuel” and charge forward.
Social media platform, Twitter, said it continues to remain "deeply committed to improving the health of the conversation" on the social media platform with a spokesman adding, “We continue to take action on any account that violates the Twitter Rules."