Statistics collated for anti-discrimination body Kick It Out show Balotelli received by far the most abusive mentions on social media of any Premier League star. More than 52 per cent of the 8,000 abusive posts directed at him are racist according to the findings. There was an estimated 134,400 instances of direct abuse aimed at Premier League teams and players between August 2014 and March 2015. It is also estimated there is an abusive and discriminatory post every 2.6 minutes this season, and estimates 37,632 of the posts to clubs and players contained racist language. Twitter accounted for 88% of posts compared to Facebook’s 8%, with a smaller proportion of trolls coming from online forums and blogs.
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