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Dortmund and England’s Jude Bellingham shares vile racist Instagram abuse

England starlet Jude Bellingham has shared some of the vile racist abuse he received after Borussia Dortmund's 2-2 draw with Cologne on Saturday.

The 17-year-old played the full 90 minutes for the Bundesliga side before sharing a screenshot of the derogatory comments made to him on Instagram.

One troll sent Bellingham a message which said "f*** your mother", while another took aim at the former Birmingham City man with monkey and faeces emojis.

Bellingham screenshotted the vile messages and responded with a damning caption which read, 'Just another day on social media…'.

Dortmund and the English FA have both come out in support of Bellingham, with the Bundesliga side tweeting: "We stand with you @BellinghamJude. Racism belongs nowhere #BorussiaVerdindet'."

While the FA added: "We continue to be disgusted by the discriminatory abuse our players – and others across the game – are being subjected to online. Something needs to change. We stand with you, @BellinghamJude."

Bellingham is the latest player to be on the receiving end of appalling racist abuse on social media, with stars including Reece James, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial all suffering at the hands of trolls in recent months.

Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have all come under fire for their response to such incidents and have pledged to do more to tackle the abuse.

In a statement in January, a spokesperson for Facebook, who also own Instagram, said: "There is no place for racism on Instagram and we are committed to removing it when we find it.

"We know there is more to do and we will continue to work closely with clubs, players and football authorities to investigate instances of discrimination and collectively tackle this issue."

Twitter said: "Racist behaviour has no place on our service and when we identify accounts that violate any of the Twitter Rules, we take enforcement action."

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