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Increasing online abuse has become the new scourge of sport

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Increasing online abuse has become the new scourge of sport

More than half of all the players at Euros and Afcon finals were abused, according to online study

Shrivathsa Sridhar

More than half of all players at the finals of last year's European Championship and Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) were subjected to some form of discriminatory abuse online, a report published by global soccer governing body Fifa has revealed.

The independent report (https://digitalhub.fifa.com/m/58e4c303ca2197f5/original/FIFA-Threat-Matrix-Report.pdf) used artificial intelligence to track over 400,000 posts on social media platforms during the semifinal and final stages of the two competitions and found the majority of abuse to be homophobic (40%) and racist (38%).

It added that much of the abuse came from players’ home nations and took place before, during and after games...

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