Callum Hudson-Odoi slams social media groups over monkey emoji stance

Callum Hudson-Odoi hits out at social media companies after aggressive use of the monkey emoji is NOT viewed as a violation by websites such as Twitter as the Chelsea winger criticises ‘stupid’ and ‘idiotic’ racial abuse

  • Several Premier League players have reported racial abuse to them recently 
  • It was revealed that the monkey emoji does not violate social media rules
  • Callum Hudson-Odoi hit out at the social media companies for this stance
  • The Chelsea winger described the online abuse by fans as ‘stupid’ and ‘idiotic’ 

Callum Hudson-Odoi vented his anger at social media companies after it was revealed they do not believe the monkey emoji has racist connotations. 

Sportsmail revealed on Thursday that Premier League clubs flagged several tweets to top-flight players with monkey emojis in them to Twitter last week but were stunned when the social media giants responded by saying they did not violate any rules. 

Several Premier League players, including Marcus Rashford, Romaine Sawyers, Anthony Martial and Southampton’s Alexandre Jankewitz reported racial abuse last week and Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi is stunned by Twitter’s stance on the matter.

Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has hit out at social media groups after the use of the monkey emoji was not deemed racist

Hudson-Odoi (right) is one of many stars to discuss racial abuse, including Reece James (left)

He told beIN Sports: ‘How can that make sense? If somebody puts for example, a monkey emoji towards a player – why is that? How is a player a monkey? What does that mean to a player?

‘So for us seeing stuff like that it always makes us angry. Are you saying that because of our skin colour? Because of the colour that we are?

‘Or are you just saying that because you just want to be, you think that you’re funny or you want to get a laugh out of people?

‘No one laughs at that sort of situation. All of us take that personally as a team and as players. We have to do something about it. Because obviously, as I said, racism won’t stop.’

Hampshire Police are investigating social media posts sent to Southampton youngster Alexandre Jankewitz after recieving abuse last week following a red card against Man United

Anthony Martial (left) and Marcus Rashford (right) also reported racial abuse online recently

Southampton teenager Jankewitz, 19, received torrent abuse online after being sent off on his Premier League debut – a 9-0 defeat to Manchester United. 

Hampshire Police launched an investigation earlier this week into the abuse and they are not the only police force to speak out on reported incidents this week.

Greater Manchester Police also revealed they will be looking into tweets sent to Manchester United trio Rashford, Martial and Axel Tuanzebe following their club’s 2-1 loss to Sheffield United recently. United have also offered support to the players. 

Furthermore, one man was arrested last week for the racial abuse of West Bromwich Albion midfielder Sawyers after his side’s 5-0 loss to Manchester City.

One person has been arrested over racist abuse to West Bromwich Albion’s Romaine Sawyers

Hudson-Odoi described those responsible for the abuse as ‘stupid and ‘idiotic’ and called for more people within the football industry to speak out on the issue.  

The Chelsea star added: ‘When you talk about it people start to realise that it’s not right at the same time, but there are times where people feel like it’s an advantage for them to carry on trying to make you feel more down about yourself, or make you feel a type of way about your skin colour or something like that.

‘It’s totally unacceptable and totally – don’t like to use the word – but ‘stupid’ from their side, and idiotic; because I’m like – “Why would you want to do that to a player of the team that you support?” Especially when you want them to do well for your team as well?

Hudson-Odoi described those individuals conforming to racial abuse as ‘stupid’ and ‘idiotic’ 

‘It’s embarrassing to us that we’re playing our hearts out and trying to play the game as much as possible to try and win games. 

‘And if we don’t win or do something wrong, we’re receiving bad things from other people.

‘We are trying our best in every game that we play in and our daily lives to talk about it because it’s just the thing where it gets me angry to hear stuff like that. As I said, it’s unacceptable and hopefully things get resolved soon.’

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich wrote to each player last week, expressing his dismay at the racism defender Reece James and others had suffered and he promised to invest funds to address the issue.

The Chelsea winger also praised club owner Roman Abramovich for his supportive letter

Fellow Chelsea player Antonio Rudiger is the latest player to report racial abuse directed at him and claimed that social media companies are profiting from online racism.  

Hudson-Odoi claimed that Abramovich’s letter had been well received by players.

He added: ‘It is good to see that the owner is trying to sort something out as soon as possible but certainly social media needs to step up and do something about it, because it’s very easy to go on social media and write something hateful to somebody without anything being done about it.’ 




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