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Jordan Henderson hands control of social media accounts to anti-bullying company Cybersmile as Liverpool captain takes stand against ‘horrendous’ racist abuse

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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has announced he is handing his social media accounts to Cybersmile as football steps up the fight to stamp out racist abuse in the game.

Reds trio Trent Alexander-Arnold, Naby Keita and Sadio Mane became the latest in a long list of players to be targeted on social media after Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final first-leg defeat to Real Madrid.

“Additionally, chief executive Julian Winter has sent a letter to Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, and Facebook’s Founder, Chairman and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg to reiterate the club’s stance and desire to see social media companies introduce more stringent policing and punishments for those guilty of the appalling and cowardly abuse that has sadly become far too common.” Swans boss Steve Cooper admitted he hopes Premier League clubs will follow his side’s example and boycott social media in the fight against online abuse and discrimination.

Earlier on Thursday, Swansea City announced a seven-day sabbatical from posting content on their social media channels in an attempt to tackle online abuse and discrimination.

“So I came across Cybersmile, who are a foundation that educate, support and advise people who suffer from social media abuse or online bullying.

“Over the past few years, I’ve seen some of my friends, team-mates, other players, people within football, out of football, the wider society, suffer some horrendous abuse online,” he explained in an accompanying video.

“Again [Tuesday] night, some of my team-mates were racially abused online after a football match, and to me that’s just unacceptable.
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