Super Eagles striker Simy Nwankwo at the weekend joined the very long list of players racially abused, this time by an Italian teenager after he scored for Crotone in their 3-2 loss to Bologna, AOIFootball.com reports.
Simy who opted against sharing the abusers’ name or information online became the second Crotone player in recent week to be racially abused online with Adam Onus receiving similar message few weeks ago on social media
However speaking afterward to the BBC, the 28-year-old stated that media abuse being directed at players was on the rise and that the authorities and social media platforms need to do more to identify perpetrators.
“You can see it’s coming from ignorant [people]. We cannot let racists and hateful abuse become normal and part of the game.
“I can’t believe how many of these unspeakable messages, from different users, send racist abuses at footballers.
“We can only hope that more efforts will be put in to ensure the general public and not just footballers feel safe on social media platforms,” Simy concluded.
The 2018 World Cup star has scored an impressive 13 goals in the Italian top flight this season, with Crotone currently fighting for their survival in the division.