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Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham was racially abused on social media after Chelsea’s Super Cup loss to Liverpool on Wednesday.
After a hard fought 2-2 draw between Chelsea and Liverpool, Abraham was the only one who missed his spot kick, and Liverpool were eventually crowned Super Cup champions.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed that he’s disappointed with the abuse targeted at Abraham on social media and wants something to be done about it.
Speaking in his press conference ahead of Sunday’s clash with Wolves, Lampard said: “I am disgusted by the so-called Chelsea fans.
“I saw the different ends of the spectrum that evening: Tammy asked me to take the fifth penalty because he wanted to stand up and be brave when the world is watching, and afterwards somebody sitting behind a keyboard or a phone has said the most disgusting things possible.
“I don’t like how these platforms allow it. It’s too easy. Something needs to be done, as well as people changing their mindsets completely.
“I’m so angry for Tammy, and angry for us as a club because that’s not what we are about. The club does a lot of work against discrimination of all levels. It’s a step back when these things happen.”
Kick It Out published a statement on Twitter on Thursday disapproving the comments targeted at Abraham, and want social media platforms to do something about it.
Kick It Out wrote: “Last night we received reports of racist abuse directed at Tammy Abraham on social media after Chelsea’s UEFA Super Cup match.
“Such abuse is now increasingly predictable, but no less disgusting.
“We send our support to Tammy and reiterate our call for Twitter and other social companies to clamp down on this level of abuse. This is a call to action – we want to know what they are going to do to tackle this insidious problem.”