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Wales players racially abused on social media

The police have started an investigation after Ben Cabango and Rabbi Matondo said they received racially abusive messages on Instagram.

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Wales players racially abused on social media

On Saturday the Mexico national team lost 1-0 to Wales at Cardiff City Stadium and after the game Ben Cabango and Rabbi Matondo started receiving racist abuse on Instagram. Both players denounced the people who sent them these messages and Facebook, which owns Instagram, immediately removed the accounts because they are “committed to doing more.”

Statement from Facebook

"We don't want racist abuse on Instagram and have removed the accounts that sent these messages to Ben Cabango and Rabbi Matondo this weekend," Facebook said in a statement.

"We have built tools that mean public figures don't ever have to receive DMs [direct messages] from people they don't follow and we recently announced that we'll take tougher action when we become aware of people breaking our rules in DMs.

"This work is ongoing and we are committed to doing more. We also know these problems are bigger than us, so are working with the industry, government and others to collectively drive societal change through action and education."

“Disgusted by racial abuse”

South Wales Police confirmed on Sunday that they are currently investigating the abuse aimed at Cabango and Matondo after the conclusion of Saturday’s victory against Mexico. Meanwhile, the Football Association of Wales (FAW) said they were “disgusted by the racial abuse.”

Racism and all forms of discriminatory behaviour are wholly unacceptable. The FAW are in dialogue with South Wales Police to ensure this kind of abhorrent behaviour is reported and investigated," read a statement issued by the body.

"The FAW joins other national associations and clubs in urging social media platforms and regulatory authorities to take stronger, more effective and urgent action against this desperate behaviour.”