Wales international Rabbi Matondo receives racist abuse after football's social media boycott ends

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Wales international shared racist comments he's received on social media. Credit: PA

Wales international Rabbi Matondo has become the latest footballer to be subjected to racist abuse online, hours after the lifting of a social media boycott.

The 20-year-old, who is on loan at Stoke from German side Schalke, revealed he had been sent vile racist comments on Instagram.

Matondo wrote on Twitter: "Good to see the boycott changed nothing @instagram".

Alongside the text were two examples of abuse he had received since the end of the weekend-long boycott by players, clubs and governing bodies across a range of sports on Monday night.

A Stoke spokesperson said: "The club is aware of the disgusting racial abuse Rabbi Matondo received on social media overnight and will do everything we can to help the authorities bring the perpetrator to justice."

"We will not tolerate behaviour of this nature - there is no place in society for it and we will be reporting the offending post in line with the agreed procedure the EFL has in place."

On Twitter, the club said the abuse is "vile" and "disgusting" and "words don't come close to how wrong this is."

It added: "Did the social media blackout this past weekend mean nothing, @instagram?"

A spokesperson for Facebook, which owns Instagram, said: "The abuse sent to Rabbi Matondo is unacceptable. We do not want it on Instagram and we quickly removed the accounts that sent it.

"We recently announced that we'll take tougher action against people breaking our rules in DMs and later this week, we're rolling out new tools to help prevent people seeing abusive messages from strangers. No single thing will fix this challenge overnight but we're committed to doing what we can to keep our community safe from abuse."

It is not the first time Matondo has spoken out about abuse he has been subjected to online. He and his teammate Ben Cabango were also sent racist messages in March following Wales' 1-0 victory over Mexico.

Swansea's Morgan Whittaker was also subject to racist abuse on social media. Credit: PA

Swansea striker Morgan Whittaker was targeted during the boycott, becoming the fourth player from the Championship club to be abused since February.

Swansea staged their own week-long social media blackout in early April, which was joined by fellow second-tier club Birmingham.

Swansea midfielder, Yan Dhanda said the decision not to permanently ban his abuser from Instagram was "disgusting" after he received racist messages on the social media platform last month.

The British Asian player received racist abuse via Instagram following the Swans' FA Cup loss to Manchester City on Wednesday 10 February.

Facebook, the company that owns Instagram, temporarily blocked the account responsible from sending messages.