Newcastle Midfielder Willock Gets Racist Abuse Message Everyday

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Joe Willock, a Newcastle midfielder, has pondered quitting social media due to the racial abuse he receives on a regular basis. The 21-year-old told BBC Radio Newcastle that he still uses the platforms because of the “great followers” that support him. “I don’t want to lose touch with the regular supporters,” he explained.

Last week, Willock signed a six-year contract with St James’ Park after leaving Arsenal. The England Under-21 international believes that social media platforms must “step up” to address the issue, which has seen a number of black footballers attacked with abuse across many platforms.

“Every day I get messages,” he said. “Messages saying about my colour or different things that are disgusting, really. “There’s not much you can do – you just have to try and ignore it. I don’t think Instagram, Facebook and Twitter have put up enough of a fight for us to do anything else.

Despite the problems he and other players have faced, Willock stated that his decision to remain active online is primarily motivated by a close relationship with his fans.

While on loan at Newcastle in the second half of last season, Willock scored eight goals.
He was unavailable for the Magpies’ 4-2 home loss to West Ham United last Sunday, but he will be available for Saturday’s trip to Aston Villa.

Source: BBC Sport

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