Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mikel Arteta have revealed their stances on social media abuse.
The situation has never been good to begin with. as players have been hurled insults at in a rather vile and unwarranted manner. It escalated to racist, homophobic, transgressional comments amongst others with death threats becoming common place.
Football is anything but a place for this attitude of the fans. The FA and other associations have reportedly taken a step in the right direction by requesting social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram to ban such members.
OGS and Arteta have revealed their takes on the matter.
OGS said: “To me it is simple, if you don’t have proof of identity you can’t open the account. It would be so much easier to punish the numpties who have nothing better to do.”
Arteta, appeared more cynical of combating the problem but nonetheless was ready to do all in his power to stop this hooliganism.
Asked whether he had received any threats himself, Arteta replied: “I’d prefer not to [speak about it] but I think we’re all exposed to that in this industry. That’s why I’d prefer not to read it because it would affect me personally much more the moment somebody wants to touch my family. Because it happened, the club was aware of it and we tried to do something about it.
“That’s it. We have to live with it. It’s not going to stop tomorrow, we know what, but medium or long term can we do something about it? That’s what I am pushing for.”