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Newcastle United midfielder Joe Willock said he considered quitting social media due to racist abuse and called on platforms to do more to combat the problem.

The 21-year-old, who completed a 25 million pounds ($34.30 million) move from Arsenal last week, said he receives “disgusting” messages on a daily basis.

“Every day I get messages,” Willock told BBC Radio Newcastle. “Messages saying about my colour or different things that are disgusting, really.

“There’s not much you can do – you just have to try and ignore it. I don’t think Instagram, Facebook and Twitter have put up enough of a fight for us to do anything else … It hurts a lot – even speaking about it.

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“If you come off social media, you lose that connection with all the wonderful fans that are supporting me every day, want to see my everyday life and see what I do and have that connection with me over the platform that they wouldn’t have in real life.”

A Twitter spokesperson said in July it had removed more than 1 000 posts and permanently suspended a number of accounts, while Facebook said it too had quickly removed abusive comments.

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