Arsenal legend Ian Wright has revealed he was left disappointed and pained after receiving racist messages from a kid on Instagram.
Ian Wright was left distraught when he received a number of racist messages sent to him on Instagram.
The former Arsenal and England forward had planned to ignore them but finally felt he had to expose the incident.
Wright took to his Twitter account where he revealed the messages which have been condemned by a number of anti-racism charities as disgraceful.
He wrote: “I know I’m not meant to look at them but these messages still hit me so hard man. This is a child!!!
“This kid as a direct line into me & is able to send this without any worry.”
Show Racism the Red Card chief executive Ged Grebby condemned the abuse.
Grebby said “Ian Wright has put his head above the parapet again and I saw him on Match of the Day with Gary Lineker a few weeks ago talking about the racist abuse he suffered as a player. I’m sure he will be more than happy to report it.”
“There was an Asian reporter (Sima Kotecha) yesterday for the BBC and she was abused in the middle of Leicester.
“It shows racism is society’s problem and unfortunately it has been on the rise. People having been staying at home but it doesn’t stop them abusing people on social media and this is a shocking example of that.”
Former Aston Villa forward Agbonlahor was also sent an abusive and racist message on Instagram.
Kick It Out called for those who targeted him and Wright to be punished.
“We are appalled during this very trying time by the disgraceful abuse directed at Ian Wright and Gabriel Agbonlahor and their families,” a statement read.