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Borussia Dortmund Midfielder Jude Bellingham Shares Disgusting Racist Abuse He Received Following Draw Against FC Koln

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Borussia Dortmund Midfielder Jude Bellingham Shares Disgusting Racist Abuse He Received Following Draw Against FC Koln

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham is the latest professional footballer to suffer vile racist abuse online, and it needs to stop.

The 17-year-old, who joined the Bundesliga side last summer from Birmingham City, shared a screenshot of the abuse he received on Instagram following the club's 2-2 draw against FC Koln on Saturday afternoon.

In the screenshot highlighted on Bellingham's Instagram story, the comments include monkey and faeces emojis.

He posted those replies with the caption: "Just another day on social media..."

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Image: Jude Bellingham/Instagram
Image: Jude Bellingham/Instagram

Bellingham has since received a huge amount of support from the football world and beyond after being subjected to racist abuse.

The England national team tweeted: "We continue to be disgusted by the discriminatory abuse our players - and others across the game - are being subjected to online. Something needs to change. We stand with you."

Borussia Dortmund also posted: "We stand with you @BellinghamJude. Racism belongs nowhere."

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Instagram as a platform are believed to be investigating the incident.

Earlier this month, Crystal Palace full-back Patrick van Aanholt shared the horrific racist abuse he received on social media after he had a shot saved by Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson.

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Henderson pulled off a great block to keep the sides even but less than two hours after the final whistle, the former Sunderland defender shared the abuse he'd received from someone online because of a bet.

The Dutchman posted the message with the caption: 'Why we kneel'.

Another example of racist abuse towards current or former footballers involves Arsenal legend Ian Wright.

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At the start of this month, a FIFA player was given a lifetime ban from the game by EA Sports after he racially abused Wright on social media.

In May 2020, 18-year-old Patrick O'Brien lost a game of Ultimate Team whilst using an Icon card of the Arsenal legend. The teenager turned to social media to show his ire at the real life Wright and sent him 20 messages on Instagram, racially abusing the 57-year-old.

Image: EA Sports
Image: EA Sports

The judge said there was 'nothing to be gained' from a criminal conviction and pointed to the guilty party's 500 euro donation to the Irish Network Against Racism as proof of his genuine remorse.

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O'Brien also sent a written apology to Wright, who accepted it, but the former England international took to social media to say he was unhappy with the decision in court last week.

It's clear that something needs to change.

Featured Image Credit: PA/Jude Bellingham - Instagram

Topics: Football, Jude Bellingham, Borussia Dortmund, Social Media, Bundesliga

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