Ian Wright opens up about racist abuse he's received online

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From Digital Spy

I'm a Celebrity.. Get Me Out of Here! and Match of the Day star Ian Wright has opened up about some of the racist abuse he has received online on social media.

The television personality and football pundit shared screenshots of some direct messages he received on Instagram (viewable here, but be warned of strong, offensive language).

"I know I'm not meant to look at them but these messages still hit me so hard man. This is a child!!!" he tweeted. "This kid [has] a direct line into me and is able to send this without any worry."

Later, he responded to the messages from fans, writing: "Thanks everyone for your kind and supportive messages.

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"I'm normally better at ignoring it, but that one got to me. There has [to] be consequences."

BBC News reported that police local to the young man who sent the messages have conducted an interview and opened an investigation.

Later on, Wright appeared on radio station No Signal, where he said: "There has to be some form of consequence. I've got a platform where I can reach people. This is happening to people on a daily basis where they can't do what I did – that's why I had to call this guy out.

"We're dealing with people that need to hide. Platforms like Instagram and Twitter are where they can hide but, what they haven't understood and what that guy will have realised today is, it's not my platform – it's everybody who has come in on him."

Anyone who has witnessed or experienced a hate crime is urged to call the police on 101, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit the True Vision website. In an emergency, always dial 999.

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