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Bournemouth condemn 'disgusting' racial abuse of Junior Stanislas


The Bournemouth chief executive, Neill Blake, has condemned the racial abuse directed at Junior Stanislas following the away win at Stoke on Saturday, calling it “disgusting and completely intolerable”.

Stanislas was subjected to racist slurs and insults about his family by an individual on Twitter after scoring the Cherries’ winning goal in the 1-0 Championship victory.

Blake vowed to do all the club can in identifying the person concerned and wants the “strongest possible action” taken against them.

“It is both disgusting and completely intolerable that anyone could be subjected to the racial abuse that Junior has received,” Blake said in a statement.

“I am astounded that people believe writing and posting these comments is acceptable. We will be contacting Twitter and the Football Association for their help in identifying the individual concerned, and will pursue the strongest possible action against them.

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“We strongly believe that social media platforms need to take greater responsibility and accountability for the actions of their users and the content that is published on their platforms.

“We would wholeheartedly support any movement towards ensuring that all social media accounts are verified through formal identification, and therefore make the users liable for their actions.

“The club’s stance on any form of discrimination is unequivocal. It is completely unacceptable and must be called out and acted upon whenever and wherever it is found.

“We are a club which celebrates equality, diversity and inclusion, as highlighted by our ongoing ‘Everyone Together’ campaign, which tackles prejudice and promotes understanding. We stand firmly with Junior and will continue to work tirelessly to educate and rid the game of all forms of discrimination.”

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