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SPORTS: Timothy Weah racially abused on Instagram with string of sickening messages, demanding him to leave France

According to a UK based online news platform, the Mailonline, the Lille and USA footballer Timothy Weah has been racially abused on social media, at one point, the he was called a ‘dirty monkey’ in a number of Instagram messages.

By Daniel Davis For Mailonline

Lille and USA forward Timothy Weah is the latest footballer to have been subjected to sickening racist abuse on social media.

The 21-year-old was labelled a ‘dirty monkey’ by an account via an Instagram direct message – with several emojis of the animal also used.

The vile abuse was delivered in a series of comments and Weah has revealed the shocking extent of them, accompanying his posts with sarcastic love heart symbols.

Weah’s abuser has just one follower on the platform, suggesting the account was recently made to make it more difficult for the perpetrator to be traced.

Former Celtic ace Weah, who has lived in France for almost the entirety of his senior career, was also demanded to leave the country in the final disgusting message.

Written in French, it translates as ‘dirty Liberian monkey leaves France.’

Weah is the son of the legendary former Ballon d’Or winner, and President of Liberia, George Weah – and has made 10 appearances on the international stage for the USA.

The incident comes as part of a worrying spate of discriminatory comments being directed at players.

Aston Villa condemned the ‘abhorrent and vile’ racist abuse sent to Tyrone Mings on Friday after the defender posted a screenshot on his Twitter account.

Mings received a message from an Instagram user which branded him a ‘f***ing n*****’ and said ‘leave the football f***ing pig.’

Villa and the England national team offered their support to the 28-year-old and urged for abuse to stop after several other internationals were targeted.

Former Celtic ace Weah (above) is the son of iconic former Ballon d’Or winner George Weah

Marcus Rashford, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Raheem Sterling have also seen slurs directed at them.

Thierry Henry, the former Arsenal and Barcelona attacker, has shut down his Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts as a result of the rampant toxicity.

A number of clubs, meanwhile, have undergone week-long blackouts on social media in protest over the rise in abuse.

Swansea, Birmingham and Rangers led the way in support of their players.

A blanket boycott of the popular platforms by Premier League clubs is under consideration for next weekend, Sportsmail understands.

The blackout would take place between Friday, April 23 and Monday, April 26.

Tottenham and Manchester City would fall silent for the Carabao Cup final on the Sunday should the move be agreed upon.

Source: Mailonline

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