Romelu Lukaku has called for a meeting between Instagram, the FA and Premier League stars in a bid to stamp out racist abuse on the social media site.
Racist abuse has become an increasing problem on sites such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, with players routinely sent horrific messages.
Matters have come to a head this year, with the sites failing to provide any evidence that the steps they are taking is helping to stamp out the racist abuse of players.
Chelsea star Lukaku himself has revealed that he does not check the comments on his posts in an effort to protect his mental health.
“I don’t really read comments. I just post and then leave because I don’t think it makes sense,” he told CNN.
“This stuff can really harm you. We see a lot of people harming themselves because of social media abuse and it’s not just footballers.
“I think personally that if you want to stop something, you can really do it but they don’t and it’s a vicious circle.
“As players, we can boycott social media but it’s these companies that have to come and talk to the players or to the governments and find a way to stop it because I really think they can.”
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And he has also called for a meeting to take place between a group of leading players and Instagram to work out an actionable plan for how to defeat the racist abuse launched at Premier League stars.
“The captains of every team and four or five players with big personalities should have a meeting with the CEO of Instagram, the government, the FA and PFA,” he added.
“We should just sit around a table and have a big meeting about how we can attack it straight away, not only from the men’s game but also from the women’s game.
“We need to talk about the stuff that needs to be addressed, to protect the players but also to protect the fans and young players that want to be professional footballers.”
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The Chelsea star also looked to his past experience when at Inter Milan, where he made a series of strong statements criticising the racist abuse.
“It’s an important thing because I know a lot of young people look at me as a role model,” Lukaku said.
“When I was in Serie A, I had a lot of help from the league because I made a strong statement about it. I said that we footballers are trying to entertain.
“Obviously, we make mistakes, we miss passes or good chances but it doesn’t mean because of that you have to abuse somebody about his skin colour or religion or sexuality or whatever.”
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