England cricket player Jofra Archer has recently opened up about the horrific racial abuse he suffered from fans on social media following his biosecurity breach that ruled him out of the second Test against West Indies.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, security measures are at an all-time high, so when the fast-paced bowler decided to go and visit his family in between Tests, he came under a lot of scrutiny from pundits and fans alike.
However, as is the sad case with social media these days, that scrutiny turned into racial abuse; something that has no place in modern day life.
Due to his breach, Archer was ruled out of the second Test match, a game in which England won comfortably by 113 runs after a dominating first innings score of 469.
The two teams are currently playing the third and final Test match, and as of writing this article, England are 258-4 ahead of the second day.
Archer is in the squad for this Test, and will feature alongside fellow bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad in a rather healthy looking bowling attack, but it's no surprise that his mind has been elsewhere recently given the nature of the abuse he's received.
Speaking out about the racial abuse he suffered online, the bowler said as per his column in the Daily Mail: "Some of the abuse I have taken over the past few days on Instagram has been racist and I have decided that enough is enough.
"Since Wilfried Zaha, the Crystal Palace footballer, was abused by a 12-year-old online, I drew a line and I will not allow anything to pass, so I have forwarded on my complaints to the ECB and that will go through the correct process.
"Yes, I made a mistake in not driving to Old Trafford directly from Southampton between matches. But people make mistakes."
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Archer will be hoping that his bowling, and possibly batting, can do the talking over the next four days so that he can put this whole saga behind him.
Yes he breached high security rules and yes he made a mistake, which he has rightfully held his hands up to, but the abuse he received online is simply not on.
Sadly it seems that racial abuse is happening more and more often, especially on social media, which tells us that certain platforms MUST do more to stop and punish people who are sending such vile messages.
Archer made a mistake, and it's time for him to put it behind him with a dominant display on the field, something we all know he can do, especially with the ball in hand.News Now - Sport News