The 20-year-old Morgan Whittaker was targeted after scoring against his former club and is the fourth Swans player to be racially abused on social media since February.

The abuse came on the weekend when football clubs and other sporting bodies were boycotting social media because of a lack of action in combatting the issue.

Although Whittaker said on Tuesday: “I am disappointed, but not surprised. I will always be proud of my skin color, no matter what. Social media has to do something to stop this kind of abuse from happening.” Whittaker’s team-mates Yan Dhanda, Ben Cabango and Jamal Lowe have all suffered recent racial abuse online.

However, A club statement read: “Swansea City is saddened, angry and appalled by vile racist abuse received by Morgan Whittaker via social media following Saturday’s game against Derby County,” read a statement from the Championship club.

“The abuse in question has been reported to South Wales Police and the club is assisting them in their investigation. The fact that this has happened across a period where clubs, players and stakeholders have come together for a boycott of social media for this very reason, again shows just how much work still needs to be done.

“Morgan is sadly the fourth Swansea City player to suffer such abhorrent and disgraceful abuse online since February – a damning indictment on the world we live in.

“As a club we will continue to strive for change, urging social media companies to take strong action and implement real change on their platforms that will enable its users to open their accounts and not have to worry about what they might find.

“Chief executive Julian Winter recently wrote to both Twitter and Facebook, the latter replying with examples of how they try to combat online abuse. But with vile incidents appearing on a daily basis, stronger action is clearly required. Morgan has the full and unwavering support of everyone at Swansea City, and our message remains clear. Enough is enough.”

Meanwhile, A statement from South Wales Police read: “South Wales Police is investigating the origin of racially motivated social media posts aimed at a Swansea City footballer following the club’s match against Derby County this weekend.

“South Wales Police has designated football liaison officers who work with clubs throughout the force area to help prevent and deter crime and anti-social behavior.

“Tackling hate crime has always been a priority for South Wales Police, this behavior is something that will not be tolerated in our community. The force takes hate crime seriously and works closely with those involved in football to raise awareness of hate crime amongst players and supporters.”

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