Sammy Ameobi Responds to Racist Abuse on Twitter, November 2nd 2011
Newcastle United's Sammy Ameobi received abusive comments on Twitter
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Ameobi (@Sammy_Ameobi) received hundreds of messages of support after he retweeted a racially abusive message he had received.
Speaking to the Chronicle, Sammy’s sister Titi said her younger brother was saddened by the message.
“There’s totally no place for that in the society we live in today,” she said.
“There’s always one who won’t abide by the same rules as everybody else. Nobody should have to put up with it. Colour is only skin deep, we’re all the same underneath. When you’re in the public eye you’re an easy target but it’s not acceptable.”
Titi was heartened to see so many Newcastle fans spring to her brother’s defence and attack the Twitter user who made the comment.
“This is a true reflection of the way people living in the North East view racism - in the past it was just the norm but thankfully it’s really being stamped out with all the work that’s going on with Show Racism The Red Card. We’ve been brought up not to let what people say to us affect us, Sammy will have put it behind him now and the important thing is who looks the stupid one now?”
Show Racism the Red Card Chief Executive Ged Grebby said: “There is absolutely no excuse for racism. There have been a few incidents in recent days of high profile footballers receiving racist abuse like Jason Roberts and Stan Collymore.
“People who feel like they can send hateful abuse from their computer or phones are cowardly bullies. Racism is still a problem within our society, that’s why our campaign is so important.
“We educate young people against racism - professional footballers are fantastic role models to help us to communicate this message.”
Former Toon defender Olivier Bernard is a coach for Show Racism The Red Card. He said he had also received hateful messages on social network sites.
“The vast majority of the messages I receive are really supportive of our anti-racism work but there are still some ignorant people out there who have racist attitudes.
“I have received a couple of racist comments on Twitter so I can relate to how Sammy is feeling. I strongly encourage anyone who receives online abuse to report it straight away”.
A Newcastle United spokeswoman confirmed the incident had been reported to police. She said: “The racist comment is wholly unacceptable. Newcastle United will not tolerate racism of any kind and will take the strongest possible action against those responsible.”
Two teenagers have been arrested in relation to this incident.