Legendary Arsenal striker Ian Wright has detailed racist abuse he has suffered on social media.
Wright, 56, tweeted a series of screengrabs of offensive messages he received from “a child” on Instagram.
Reacting to the abuse, Wright said: “My energy is positive but I couldn’t turn the other cheek.
“You do this in public and he’d be sat in jail!!! We tired. This kid can find me and there’s nothing stopping him from sending me [abusive messages].”
Wright, who also played for Crystal Palace and West Ham, is now a pundit on Match of the Day and has previously highlighted the role of social media as a vehicle for racism.
Former Tottenham and England striker Darren Bent called the messages sent to Wright “disgusting” and a “disgrace”.
Bent added: “The sad thing is, is that this is an everyday occurrence, yet these idiots are allowed to daily become keyboard warriors and face no punishment.”
Wright joined Arsenal in 1991 from Palace and scored 128 goals in 221 appearances before departing for West Ham United in 1998.
During his seven year spell at Arsenal, Wright won the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and the now defunct Cup Winners’ Cup.
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