Social media companies must tackle online racist abuse before it’s too late, former footballer, Anton Ferdinand told a Committee of MPs.

Giving evidence at the Home Affairs Select Committee, ex-Queen’s Park Rangers player, Mr Ferdinand, 36, said he had developed a ‘thick skin’ to racist comments, but was concerned other players wouldn’t survive abuse.

“My worry is — what are the social media companies waiting for, a high-profile footballer to kill themselves? Or a member of their family? That’s too late, they need to deal with the issue now.”

Research by the PFA (Professional Footballers Association) has calculated that 44 per cent of players in the Premier League have received discriminatory abuse.

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