Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire received more abuse than any other Premier League players on Twitter last season, with EIGHT from Man United in the top 10 most abused and 68% of stars subject to negative messages

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire received more abuse than any other Premier League players on Twitter last season, with EIGHT from Man United in the top 10 most abused and 68% of stars subject to negative messages

  • Two Man United stars were the most abused players on Twitter last campaign
  • A report found Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire copped the most abuse 
  • Eight of the top 10 most abused stars play for Manchester United, it also stated
  • More than two-thirds of Premier League stars were subject to abusive messages 

Manchester United pair Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire were the most abused players on Twitter last season, according to a report published on Tuesday.

Nearly three quarters of Premier League footballers received abusive messages with some of them receiving daily abuse.

The report, carried out by The Alan Turing Institute and Ofcom and using new technology, analysed 2.3million messages directed at players in the English top-flight over the first five months of the 2021-22 season.

Manchester United pair Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured right) and Harry Maguire (left) were the most abused players on Twitter last season, according to a report published on Tuesday

Manchester United pair Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured right) and Harry Maguire (left) were the most abused players on Twitter last season, according to a report published on Tuesday

Manchester United pair Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured right) and Harry Maguire (left) were the most abused players on Twitter last season, according to a report published on Tuesday

The report also found that eight Red Devils players featured in the top 10 most abused stars

The report also found that eight Red Devils players featured in the top 10 most abused stars

It found 60,000 posts deemed abusive, with 68% of players in the top flight receiving at least one message in that period.

One in 14 players received abusive tweets every day, according to the report, with half of all abusive messages being directed at 12 players, who received on average 15 per day.

Ronaldo received 12,520 abusive tweets while Maguire had 8,954 and Marcus Rashford, also of Manchester United, had the third-highest total with 2,557. Eight Manchester United players featured in the top 10. 

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, England's captain, and Manchester City's Jack Grealish, were the only non-Manchester United footballers in the top 10.

As a club, Tottenham players had the highest percentage of total tweets that were abusive, 3.7%.

United's Marcus Rashford, team-mate to Maguire and Ronaldo, was the third-most abused

United's Marcus Rashford, team-mate to Maguire and Ronaldo, was the third-most abused

England stars Harry Kane and Jack Grealish were the only non-United footballers in the top 10

England stars Harry Kane and Jack Grealish were the only non-United footballers in the top 10

'These stark findings uncover the extent to which footballers are subjected to vile abuse across social media,' Dr Bertie Vidgen, lead author of the report and Head of Online Safety at The Alan Turing Institute, said.

'While tackling online abuse is difficult, we can't leave it unchallenged. More must be done to stop the worst forms of content to ensure that players can do their job without being subjected to abuse.'

It was not all bad news, however, with 57% of all tweets positive towards players.

In response, a Twitter spokesperson, quoted by the BBC, said it welcomed the study, but said it has implemented a range of safety features to stop such posts reaching individuals.

'We are committed to combatting abuse and, as outlined in our Hateful Conduct Policy, we do not tolerate the abuse or harassment of people on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation,' they said.

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