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Anton Ferdinand says big tech firms like Twitter and Instagram must take action over vile racist online abuse NOW before a footballer or a member of their family commits suicide

Anton Ferdinand has challenged social media companies to take action over racist abuse before a high-profile footballer – or one of their family – commits suicide because of online persecution.

The former Queen’s Park Rangers’ player suffered relentless abuse and death threats from a career-defining moment, following an incident with Chelsea defender John Terry in 2011.

Terry was alleged to have used a racial slur against Ferdinand when Chelsea lost to QPR at Loftus Road. Terry was later found not guilty following a court trial but incident and the aftermath resulted in thousands of hate messages sent to Ferdinand.