Neal Maupay receives Premier League support in fight over online abuse

Neal Maupay receives Premier League support in fight over online abuse

Brighton’s Neal Maupay has received the support of the Premier League in his bid to bring legal action against an individual in Singapore who subjected him to abuse online.

“Premier League investigators believe that they have tracked the location of the person responsible to Singapore and have now filed an official police complaint,” the league said in a statement. “The Premier League is liaising with local authorities and will support all subsequent legal action on behalf of Maupay.”

Richard Masters, the Premier League’s chief executive, added: “We responded immediately to seek justice on his behalf. We take each report provided to us extremely seriously and we’ll use all possible resources in supporting our players and managers to investigate incidents, regardless of where the offender is located.”

In June, the Premier League set up a dedicated reporting system by which players, managers and coaching staff could flag up serious discriminatory online abuse. Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba have both been victims previously.

Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha has called on social media platforms to identify and remove users who subject players to racist abuse after he was targeted before a game last month.