Allardyce outline shocking scale of Robinson abuse
Posted On April 8, 2021
Sam Allardyce has revealed the shocking scale of abuse against forward Callum Robinson following his two-goal performance in West Brom’s win at Chelsea last week.
Allardyce said Robinson had received “over 70 posts” of a discriminatory nature on social media, and said platforms’ response to tackle such abuse was “just not good enough.”
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Robinson reported a racist response to one of his Instagram posts following his performance, and his club subsequently reported the incident to police, who are currently investigating.
Allardyce said: “We’ve had two other incidents in this area, but nothing as serious as Callum has had – I think it’s over 70 posts from, apparently, 20 different [accounts] on Instagram.
“We have had a great response from the police and our club is supporting them in any way we can. In the world of football we have all progressed in a very positive way, but outside of the law this is where these guys live.
“The solution can only be found by the people in the government hierarchy and the people who manage these sites, who clearly neglect their responsibility to eliminate these forms of discrimination and racist remarks.
“The people who hide behind bogus sites and post obscene messages like this, in the world we live in today and with the technology we have today, are just not enough.”
Allardyce admitted Robinson was’ hurt ‘by the reaction, but supported him to respond well as he continues to prepare for the next phase of the Baggies’ relegation battle to Southampton on Monday night.
“I’m happy to say that Callum is a pretty strong character, not that it didn’t hurt him, of course,” Allardyce added. “The police were brilliant in questioning her, they will do their best and the club are doing their best.”
Meanwhile, Allardyce praised Swansea’s decision to boycott all forms of social media for a week following abuse of a number of their players, adding: “I would commend and support their position. [but] it is a decision that our club must make. “