West Brom have reported racist abuse directed at Callum Robinson on Instagram to West Midlands Police – on the same day Swansea’s Jamal Lowe was also a target of racist abuse on the platform.
After scoring twice in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Chelsea, a user posted monkey emojis in reply to a post Robinson made about the game on his profile.
Robinson screen-grabbed and highlighted the messages in an Instagram story.
Albion said in a statement: “The club is appalled by the messages and will offer Callum the help and support he may require in response to the incident. Albion will continue to confront all forms of discrimination and will assist the authorities with their inquiries, seeking the toughest available legal punishment.
“It is deeply disturbing that scoring two goals in a football match can provoke a reaction of this kind. There is No Room For Racism. Anywhere. Challenge it, report it, change it.”
Chelsea said in a statement: “Chelsea FC is disgusted with posts on social media this evening targeting West Bromwich Albion player Callum Robinson.
“Chelsea FC finds all forms of discriminatory behaviour totally unacceptable.
“Racism has no place at this club and where there is sufficient evidence of a Chelsea season ticket holder or member involved in such behaviour, we will take the strongest possible action against them.”
Sky Sports News is attempting to contact West Midlands Police and Facebook, which owns Instagram, for comment.
Swansea’s Lowe has also reported being the target of racist abuse on the social media platform in the wake of a 1-0 Championship defeat at Birmingham on Friday night.
On Saturday, a user replied to one of Lowe’s Instagram posts with a derogatory message and two monkey emojis. Lowe wrote “some serious idiots out there” when he reposted the message on a subsequent Instagram story.
Facebook, which owns Instagram, told Sky Sports News the account from which the abuse was sent has been removed.
The incident is the latest example of a footballer being targeted for racial abuse on social media platforms and Lowe is the third Swansea player to have suffered such abuse this year.
Midfielder Yan Dhanda was abused in the wake of an FA Cup defeat to Manchester City and Ben Cabango was one of two Wales players targeted following an international last week.
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