Ofcom revealed on their website that a machine-learning analysis of 2.3 million tweets in the first half of last season found 2.6% were abusive in nature.
That amounts to nearly 60,000 abusive tweets directed towards Premier League players in just the first half of the season – an average of 362 every day.
The report revealed that seven in ten Premier League players have had abuse directed at them on social media. Just 12 players received half of all abuse recorded during that time, with each of the 12 receiving an average of 15 cases of abuse a day.
According to The Evening Standard, the study found that Harry Kane was the fifth most abused player behind Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Maguire, Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes.
Spurs Web Opinion
It is not surprising that Man Utd players are at the top, given the huge following they have across the world. In Kane’s case, the abuse probably comes from rival fans but the fact that he is England captain was also likely a big contributing factor. This kind of behaviour needs to be stamped out of the game, or else we risk falling into a toxic pattern.
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