Arteta joins calls for social media change after threats to family

AFP , Friday 12 Feb 2021

The Spaniard said he no longer uses his Twitter account after flagging the incidents to the club

Mikel Arteta
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says his family have been threatened on social media

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said Friday he had received threats towards his family on social media as he joined calls for internet giants to do more to stamp out abuse.

The Spaniard said he no longer uses his Twitter account after flagging the incidents to the club.

"I think if we would be reading everything that is written about us, probably we'd have to stay in bed a lot of days," said Arteta.

"I think we are all exposed in this industry to that and that's why I prefer not to read 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. And that's it. We have to live with it.

"It is not going to stop tomorrow, we know that, but medium, long-term can we do something about it? That's what I am pushing for."

Football authorities in Britain have sent an open letter to social media companies calling on them to do more to stamp out abuse following a spate of recent incidents.

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford, Axel Tuanzebe, Anthony Martial and United women's player Lauren James are among those who have been the targets of racist abuse on social media, along with West Brom's Romaine Sawyers and Chelsea defender Reece James -- Lauren's brother.

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce said on Thursday he had been made aware of social media users wishing him dead, while referee Mike Dean asked not to officiate a Premier League game this weekend after he and his family received death threats.

"I am not the only one who is suffering these kind of things," said Arteta.

"I think when you are winning everything is beautiful and you are incredible and you are the best coach and when you lose it is the complete opposite.

"That is the reality and it is not pleasant. When it goes personal against me I can take it but when the family is involved then it is a different story."

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