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"How Dare They" - Shane Duffy's Mother Reacts To More Sickening Online Abuse Of Son

"How Dare They" - Shane Duffy's Mother Reacts To More Sickening Online Abuse Of Son
By Jonathan Byrne
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Republic of Ireland international and Celtic defender Shane Duffy has been the victim of yet more online abuse. The Derry native had been subject to similar attacks on Instagram a couple of weeks ago.

Duffy highlighted another circumstance of the issue this week, posting the comments on his Instagram story. The individual involved sent a death threat and mocked the passing of Duffy's father.

Instagram have stepped in this time and disabled the account associated with the comments. Last week, the social media giant did not take any further action when similar comments emerged, and the user in question apologised for his comments.

Duffy's mother, Siobhain, has also come out against the faceless comments, asking them to "get a grip" and pleading that "something needs to be done about these trolls".

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In February, Instagram announced they would impose harsher penalties for those heralding online abuse. In recent times, a slew of footballers have been victim of hateful comments involving their livelihoods and families.

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Duffy posted the recent comments on his story with the caption, "Thanks Instagram." According to the social media company, the user in question violated their guidelines and was subsequently suspended from the platform.

A Celtic spokesperson told Sky Sports, "This is yet another shameful and cowardly attack on Shane. Those responsible must be identified and the strongest action taken."

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Duffy is the latest Irish international to receive sectarian focused abuse. Irish teammate James McLean shared threats last month made to him and his family.

According to McCean's wife Erin, a threat was made from an online user where they promised to take a gun to one of his matches.

If you see a discriminatory comment towards a footballer, Kick It Out have set up an online form to eradicate the issue and help social media applications report online abuse.

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