Soccer Football - Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United - Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain - February 19, 2023 Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min celebrates scoring their second goal REUTERS/David Klein/File Photo

Tottenham Hotspur called for social media companies and authorities to “take action” after online racist abuse was directed at Son Heung-min following his goal against West Ham on Sunday.

South Korea captain Son emerged from the bench in the second half to net Spurs’ second goal in the 2-0 win in the London derby at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

“We have been made aware of the utterly reprehensible online racist abuse directed at Son Heung-min during today’s match, which has been reported by the club,”

“We stand with Sonny and once again call on the social media companies and authorities to take action.”

Tottenham said on the club’s official Twitter feed on Sunday night.

The Football Association echoed the club’s call for action.

“We strongly condemn the racist abuse aimed at Son Heung-min this evening,”

“This has no place in our game and we fully support the authorities and social media companies to take the strongest possible action to tackle it.”

An FA spokesperson replied to Tottenham’s tweet.

In June 2022, a group of 12 men who had been arrested for racially abusing Son on Twitter were given community service punishments and wrote apologies to the Tottenham forward.

Tottenham club officials had complained of “abhorrent racist abuse” on social media after the 3-1 home defeat to Manchester United on April 11, 2021.

“Another match day and more abhorrent racial abuse suffered by one of our players,”

“This has agin been reported to the platforms and we shall now undertake a full review alongside the Premier League to determine the most effective action moving forward.”

Said a Spurs statement at the time.

In August 2022, Chelsea banned a season ticket holder indefinitely for aiming racist abuse at Son during a 2-2 Premier League draw at Stamford Bridge.

Source: AFP

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