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Female sports stars 'are sent unsolicited images of male genitalia on a daily basis'

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Female sports stars are sent unsolicited pictures of male genitalia on a daily basis, a lawyer has said.

Despite it being a criminal offence to send these images without the recipient's consent, anonymous accounts are bombarding professional footballers, cricketers and rugby players.

Matt Himsworth regularly runs workshops with first-team players in the men's and women's game and admits he was taken aback by the regularity with which female athletes receive these images.

Social media giants like Facebook and Twitter have come under fire for resisting calls for all users to face compulsory ID verification before opening an account following a spate of high-profile incidents in which players received racist abuse.

Liverpool condemned the 'unacceptable' racist and sexist abuse top women's player Rinsola Babajide received and men's team captain Jordan Henderson handed his Twitter account over to an anti-cyberbullying charity.

Himsworth has represented sportswomen who have had their iCloud accounts and explicit messages leaked online, with one malicious account being taken down after a year and a half, with Twitter asking the sportswoman to send over ID before they would take action, despite ID not being required for the perpetrators to open an account.

The removed account had targeted other female athletes, Himsworth said.

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