England women’s manager Phil Neville said footballers should “boycott” social media to send a “powerful message” that abuse is not acceptable.
“We have to take drastic measures now as a football community. I’ve had it with my players on social media, the Premier League and the Championship have had it,” said Neville.
“I just wonder whether as a football community we come off social media, because Twitter won’t do anything about it, Instagram won’t do anything about it – they send you an email reply saying they’ll investigate but nothing happens.
“I’ve lost total faith in whoever runs these social media departments, so let’s send a powerful message: come off social media (for) six months. Let’s see the effect it has on these social media companies.”
On Tuesday, Twitter issued a statement saying it “strongly condemns” the abuse and has “now permanently suspended a series of accounts for violating our hateful conduct policy”.