Elias Kachunga Racially Abused on Social Media

  • September 09, 2021 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton Wanderers have issued a statement after Elias Kachunga was racially abused on social media.

Kachunga, who has made nine appearances for Wanderers since joining on a free transfer from Sheffield Wednesday in August, is understood to have received a series of abusive messages on Instagram this past Tuesday, all of which have been reported to the police and relevant authorities.

Chairman Sharon Brittan has condemned the actions of the perpetrator, saying she and club officials will be doing everything in their power to identify the individual concerned and push for a prosecution.

An official statement, posted at bwfc.co.uk, read: "Racism and hatred have no place at all in society and I was sickened to the core on hearing this disgusting abuse directed at one of our players.

"I have spoken with Elias and his partner and they are understandably upset by these messages.

"My immediate thoughts are with them, as well as his team-mates who are repulsed by the language that was used.

"We as a Club stand firm in saying that racism and discrimination will not be tolerated and we have reported this to the Police and relevant authorities. I have also spoken with the EFL today regarding future steps we can take together to eradicate this hatred from our game.

"I will be relentless in making sure that everything is done to help identify and prosecute the perpetrator.

"We will not rest until positive action is taken and social media companies take the necessary steps to eradicate unsolicited hatred from their platforms."

Adding to Brittan's comments, Wanderers boss Ian Evatt said: "I was appalled when I heard that Elias had received these disgraceful posts. Any right minded person will have been as sickened as we were.

"We as a society must do more to show that racism and discrimination will never be tolerated and social media companies have to make people accountable for what they post on their platforms.

"Elias has the full support of everyone at the Club and we hope that whoever sent these awful messages to him is dealt with appropriately."

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