FA condemns online abuse of Chelsea and England midfielder Karen Carney

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CHELSEA, United Kingdom

The Football Association (FA) has called on the police and social media platforms to tackle online abuse after England and Chelsea midfielder Karen Carney was subjected to rape and death threats.

The female footballer, 31, received the abuse after Chelsea’s Champions League win over Fiorentina on Wednesday night, in which she scored the only goal of the match.

The first of the messages on Instagram read: “How many chances you need to score in second half stupid b******”

It was then followed by “I wish you cancer and leukaemia” and then “I hope someone will rape you to death”.

Responding to the insults, the football star, wrote: “Wow some people.”

The FA has called for further action to be taken.

“We are appalled and dismayed by the abuse directed towards Karen Carney on social media,” it said.

“The FA takes such matters extremely seriously and we are offering our full support to Karen. The abuse of players on social networking sites is a serious concern and we call on the police and social media organisations to do everything they can to help tackle this growing problem.

“We provide all our senior England players with training, guidance and support on the use of social media and treat our duty of care in this regard with the utmost importance.”