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Rangers skipper Tavernier racially abused on social media


Targeted: James Tavernier shared message received
Targeted: James Tavernier shared message received

By Andy Newport

Rangers captain James Tavernier has become the latest footballer to be targeted by racist abuse on social media.

The right-back shared a racially offensive message he received on Instagram and added a shoulder-shrugging emoji above.

The post came six days after Tavernier took part in a Professional Footballers' Association campaign to boycott social media for 24 hours.

The 27-year-old last week shared a PFA post calling for social media companies to do more to tackle the problem.

Police Scotland were unable to confirm whether the message had been reported to them.

Rangers blasted the messages aimed at Tavernier.

A spokesperson said: "This is simply unacceptable and Police Scotland have been notified.

"Rangers puts a lot of time, effort and resource into various programmes aimed at bringing people of different faiths, backgrounds, cultures and beliefs closer together and we abhor this kind of abuse.

"No one should be subjected to behaviour of this kind."

Earlier this month, a Hibernian fan was jailed for 100 days for confronting Tavernier at the side of the pitch. And Motherwell banned a supporter for throwing a coin at the Rangers player during his side's 3-0 win at Fir Park later that week.

Meanwhile, players have been asked to send evidence of racist online abuse to the PFA to demonstrate to governing bodies the extreme severity of the issue.

The players' union will show the posts to the sports minister and a number of football bodies at a meeting next month.

Meetings with Twitter and Facebook have also been requested after a number of recent high-profile incidents.

Meanwhile, in last night's Scottish Youth Cup final, Rangers midfielder Nathan Young-Coombes established himself as a potential star of the future as he scored the deciding goal in a pulsating 3-2 win over Celtic's youngsters at Hampden Park.

The 17-year-old former Chelsea youth star, who swapped Stamford Bridge for Ibrox earlier this year, headed in midway through the second half to hand the Light Blues their first Youth Cup triumph in five years.

It all started brilliantly for Rangers as they forged two ahead in the opening six minutes, Ciaran Dickson curling in the opener before Dapo Mebude rifled in a half-volley from the edge of the box.

The Hoops responded through strikes from Cameron Harper and Paul Kennedy early in the second half, only for Young-Coombes to provide the winner, stooping to nod in a cross from Kai Kennedy's free-kick as Rangers boss Steven Gerrard looked on with his assistant Gary McAllister.

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