Both Arsenal and Leeds United have issued statements in which they ‘condemn’ the ‘vile abuses’ suffered by Nicolas Pepe and Ezgjan Alioski after the 0-0 draw between the clubs at Elland Road.
Pepe was sent off after ‘headbutting’ Alioski in the face after a prolonged fight between the two during a phase of play moments earlier. Off the ball, the pair was seen pushing each other, Pepe received the ball and was tackled by the Macedonian. The Ivorian then approached Alioski and was seen tilting his head towards the face of the Leeds side.
Anthony Taylor missed the action, but after checking with the VAR monitor, Taylor brandished Pepe a straight red. Although the Gunners did not lose the game, their attacking elements were hampered by a lack of numbers in the final third despite having their best chances after Pepe left the field.
The statement on the Arsenal website read:
We strongly condemn the vile abuse directed at Nicolas Pepe and Ezgjan Alioski on social media after our match against Leeds United.
This is completely unacceptable and we will work with the police and authorities to do everything possible to locate and prosecute the culprits. ‘
Time to change
For too long, people have been able to use social media anonymously to launch vile abuse at anyone of their choice. Twitter is one of the most popular social networks in the world and, specifically, its synergy with the world of sport causes these incidents to occur.
Twitter requires a user to sign up with an email address in its current state. But since there is no formal identification or verification process in the app, people can create fake, anonymous and parody accounts without any problem.
This makes it very difficult to identify those who have sent abuses in the way of public figures in the case of Alioski and Pepe.
This again leaves many asking that social media start requiring identity verification before they can register for use. This would mean that the use of passports, driving licenses, etc. would be verified. before accounts can be used with a legitimate phone number attached.
The counter argument is that the information about the identity could be stolen, but that would be on the platform to verify the identity safely. The level of abuse seen every day is already, and has been for a significant period, too much for action to be taken.
Source: – 101greatgoals