Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku says social media companies should sit down with Premier League footballers to help combat online abuse.

A large number of footballers have been subjected to racist abuse in recent years and spoken out about the discrimination, including Lukaku and his Chelsea teammates Reece James, Antonio Rudiger, and N’Golo Kante.

England defender James temporarily deleted his Instagram account earlier this year due to the scale of online abuse, while Premier League players continue to kneel before kick-offs to show support for the movement for racial equality.

In an exclusive interview with CNN, Lukaku suggested social media companies could work together with players to take action.

“The captains of every team, and four or five players, like the big personalities of every team, should have a meeting with the CEOs of Instagram and governments and the FA and the PFA,” he said. “We should just sit around the table and have a big meeting about it.

“[It is] how we can attack it straight away, not only from the men’s game, but also from the women’s game.

“I think just all of us together and just have a big meeting and have a conference and just talk about stuff that needs to be addressed to protect the players, but also to protect fans and younger players that want to become professional footballers.”

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