Port Vale has slapped a well-deserved, indefinite ban on a fan for sending a racist message to Leyton Orient goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux. Honestly, this person should also be banned from all social media. If you can't act properly, why even let them have social media in the first place?
Look, I am not a huge proponent of complete government control, but if you cannot be a productive part of society, then you bring the government overreach on yourself.
The message was sent after a League Two match at Vale Park on October 2, and both clubs acted swiftly.
Talking to the Daily Mail UK (2021), Vigouroux was quoted saying, "I find it sad that someone can think they're superior because they're a different skin colour to me. That was the main thing I took away from it. I was quite sad that that was the first thing that came into someone's head after a game of football. It's mind-boggling really. I thought things would be different now but it just feels like it's getting worse. People need to be educated. People also need to be held accountable and if you do send a message like that you need to be ready to face the consequences. That's something I hope happens not just for me but for everybody who experiences racist abuse whether that's in football, the workplace, wherever" (para. 5).
This abuse must end.
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~Michael Patrick Day, Irish Proud & 12oz Sports Writer
Photo Credit: Twitter (@LawrenceV93)
KAJUMBA, A (2021). Leyton Orient goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux says he was quick to post racist threats he received online after a previous abuser deleted their message. Daily Mail UK Online. Retrieved here: LINK