Burnley says defender Pieters was abused online post Arsenal draw

Pieters was initially sent off for handball when he cleared a goalbound Nicolas Pepe shot in the penalty area but VAR overturned referee Andre Marriner's decision.

Referee Andre Marriner shows the red card to Pieters during the game against Arsenal on Saturday- AP

Burnley said on Sunday that defender Erik Pieters was subjected to online abuse after Saturday's 1-1 Premier League home draw with Arsenal in which the Dutchman was sent off before getting a reprieve from the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

Arsenal felt they should have had a penalty when the ball hit second-half substitute Pieters' arm in the box and shortly afterwards he went close to putting his side ahead with a volley that was tipped over the bar by Bernd Leno.

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Pieters was then sent off for handball when he cleared a goalbound Nicolas Pepe shot in the penalty area but VAR overturned referee Andre Marriner's decision to show him a red card and award Arsenal a spot kick.

Burnley later wrote on their Twitter handle, stating they were Pieters had been a victim of online abuse.

 

Increased online abuse of players has prompted English soccer bodies to put pressure on social media companies to tackle the menace.

Instagram has announced measures to deal with online abuse, including removing accounts of people who send abusive messages and developing new controls to help reduce the abuse people see.

Twitter said in 2019 that "vile content has no place on our service" after it took action on more than 700 cases of "abuse and hateful conduct" related to soccer in Britain in two weeks.

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