Premier League takes action against social media abuse

13 Aug 2020
Neal Maupay, Brighton

After Brighton's Neal Maupay was subjected to online abuse, League tracks down location of offender, files police complaint and vows to support legal action

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Following serious online abuse received by Brighton & Hove Albion forward Neal Maupay, the Premier League has provided support to the player and club in investigating the incident and bringing legal action against the person responsible.

Threatening and abusive messages received by the player were reported to the Premier League via its online abuse reporting system. The Premier League's investigations team have been working with the club and Neal to review the case.

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 Premier League is liaising with local authorities and will support all subsequent legal action on behalf of Maupay.

The Premier League takes online abuse seriously and is committed to supporting players, managers and their families who receive such messages.

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: "The abuse Neal received is wholly unacceptable. We responded immediately to seek justice on his behalf, which in this case meant identifying the perpetrator, tracking them to where they live, and then pursuing legal action accordingly.

"We take each report provided to us extremely seriously and we will use all possible resources in supporting our players and managers to investigate incidents, regardless of where the offender is located."

See: Premier League launches online abuse reporting system

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