SOCIAL media giant Instagram has confirmed that no action will be taken against a user who sent vile messages to Celtic defender Shane Duffy mocking the death of his father.
Republic of Ireland centre-back Duffy revealed the online abuse that has been coming his way as he posted a message that concluded with the line: “There’s abuse which is fine but surely there’s a limit.”
However, Instagram say that have concluded this was an isolated incident because the user deleted the messages and subsequently apologised.
The social media platform have also renewed their pledge to stamp out online abuse, promising to impose stricter penalties for online abuse, including the removal of accounts.
Duffy was the latest in a long line of professional footballers to receive online abuse, with Republic of Ireland international team-mate James McClean also recently sharing threats sent to him on social media.
Celtic’s Shane Duffy during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. Picture date: Wednesday January 27, 2021.
“It is disgraceful that Shane should be targeted in this way through such sickening sectarian abuse – and mocking the death of Shane’s father is quite simply despicable,” stated a Celtic club official last week.
“This is mindless, vile and abhorrent behaviour and must be challenged and condemned.
“Everything should be done to identify those responsible and the strongest action must be taken. Shane, of course, will receive the full support of everyone at Celtic.”
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