Ian Wright has revealed that he has been subjected to online racist abuse, with former Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor also been targeted.
Former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright was sent a number of Instagram messages, with leading anti-racism charities condemning the conduct.
Wright was messaged by an Instagram user with racist taunts and prompted the 56-year-old to take it to Twitter.
“I know I’m not meant to look at them but these messages still hit me so hard man. This is a child!!!” he wrote.
“This kid as a direct line into me & is able to send this without any worry.”
Show Racism the Red Card chief executive Ged Grebby added: “Ian Wright has put his head above the parapet again and I saw him on Match of the Day with Gary Lineker a few weeks ago talking about the racist abuse he suffered as a player.”
“I’m sure he will be more than happy to report it. There was an Asian reporter (Sima Kotecha) yesterday for the BBC and she was abused in the middle of Leicester.”
“It shows racism is society’s problem and unfortunately it has been on the rise. People having been staying at home but it doesn’t stop them abusing people on social media and this is a shocking example of that.”
Former Aston Villa forward Agbonlahor was also sent an abusive and racist message on Instagram.
The Professional Footballers’ Association condemned the abuse aimed at Wright and Agbpnlahor, posting on Twitter: “We are disgusted to see the racist abuse aimed at Ian Wright and Gabriel Agbonlahor and their families today.”
“At any time, this is abhorrent behaviour, but when people should be coming together more than ever, it is particularly disturbing.”
Kick It Out called for those responsible to be punished, saying in a statement: “We are appalled during this very trying time by the disgraceful abuse directed at Ian Wright and Gabriel Agbonlahor and their families.”
“Racial haye speech and violent threats are totally unacceptable but have become sadly normalised on social media.”
“Whilst we continue to collaborate with social media platforms to ensure a safer experience for all, these cases should be investigated by law enforcement and the abusers should face criminal sanctions.”