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Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings becomes the latest footballer to be racially abused online and responds by urging his social media followers 'to stand side by side in the fight for change' rather than offering sympathy

Aston Villa have condemned the 'abhorrent and vile' racist abuse sent to Tyrone Mings and described the defender as an inspirational figure in the fight for equality.

The England international posted a screenshot on his Twitter account on Friday of a message from an Instagram user which called him a 'f****** n*****' and said 'leave the football f****** pig'.

Mings tweeted: 'Another day in the life of social media with no filter... Please don't feel sorry for us, just stand side by side in the fight for change. Social media isn't getting any safer without it.