Arsenal legend Ian Wright shares sickening racist messages he’s received on Instagram

Arsenal great Ian Wright has revealed some sickening racist messages he's received on Instagram
Arsenal great Ian Wright has revealed some sickening racist messages he’s received on Instagram (Picture: Getty)

Former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright has shared a horrendous string of racist messages he’s received on Instagram in which he is referred to as a ‘monkey n*****’ and a ‘c***’ .

Wright has been a leading figure football’s fight to bring an end to racism and has previously spoken about having to prepare his children for coming up against horrific abuse from a young age.

The 56-year-old also launched a passionate and scathing attack on UEFA last October after England’s black players were subjected to vile racist abuse during a Euro 2020 qualifying match with Bulgaria.

On Monday afternoon, a clearly emotional Wright – one of English football’s most recognisable faces and a regular on Match of the Day – gave a sickening insight into the kind of abuse he faces on social media.

And, perhaps most shockingly of all, the messages in question appear to have come from a child.

Wright tweeted: ‘I know I’m not meant to look at them but these messages still hit me so hard man. This is a child!!! “You are a f***ing monkey”, “C*** c**n monkey n*****”.

‘Direct message to me on IG. This kid [h]as a direct line into me & is able to send this without any worry.’

Ian Wright shares the racist abuse he's received on Instagram
(Picture: Twitter/@IanWright0)
Ian Wright shares the racist abuse he's received on Instagram
(Picture: Twitter/@IanWright0)
Ian Wright shares the racist abuse he's received on Instagram
(Picture: Twitter/@IanWright0)

The user has subsequently claimed on his Snapchat page that his account was ‘hacked’ and he did not write the messages to Wright.

After revealing the extent of the abuse he received, Wright was flooded with countless messages of support from followers on Twitter.

BBC colleague Dan Walker replied: ‘Wrighty. I’m so sorry you have to see and read that. I’m sure you also know there an awful lot of love for you out there and 99.99% of people will be disgusted and ashamed that you have received those messages.’

Popular YouTube star Manny responded: ‘This current generation are lacking the right education, how can he be educated on the wrong things to say? Something isn’t right somewhere.’

Rebekah Vardy, wife of Leicester and England forward Jamie, was also among those to offer up their support.

‘Truly awful. So sorry this is still happening!’ she tweeted.

‘Everyone tells you not to read it but it shouldn’t be there in the first place.’

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