Reporter : BEN UZOEGBUNAM
Nigeria’s Simeon Nwankwo is the latest African footballer in the Italian Serie A to suffer racial abuse on social media.
The 28-year-old, who plays for Crotone, shared screenshots of abusive messages sent to him after scoring in the 3-2 home defeat by Bologna over the weekend.
Nwankwo is the top scoring African in the Italian top flight with 13 goals in 28 matches for Crotone this season.
Meanwhile, racism has become a serious menace in football and football authorities have pledged to tackle and eliminate it.
In April 2019, UEFA President, Aleksander Ceferin, said referees should stop games if a racist incident occurred.
In the same vein, FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, called for “harsh sanctions” to deal with racism in the sport.
The premier league has launched a “No Room For Racism Action Plan” to build on the existing moves taken to promote equality, diversity and inclusion.
The plan outlines series of commitments aimed at creating greater access to opportunities and career progression for Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups in football, as well as actions to eradicate racial prejudice.
In addition, players now take a knee before the start of football matches and many other sports events.
“Take a knee” is a protest against the unfair treatment of Black Americans, but it has now become a globalised symbol of fighting racism.