Frank McAvennie has called for social media companies to take action after a study revealed Man United stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire are heavily abused online.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former West Ham striker suggested the likes of Twitter should insist on their users providing their full name and address.
As revealed by Reuters (2 August), a report from the Alan Turing institute and Ofcom into online abuse showed that Ronaldo was the most abused player on social media last season.
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Captain Harry Maguire was the second most abused player, with 8,954 cases directed at the defender.
Overall nearly 75 per cent of Premier League footballers received some sort of abuse on social media last season.
When asked what could be done to clamp down on abusive behaviour online, McAvennie told Football Insider: “If you put a name and address to social media, 90 per cent of the culture will stop overnight.”
“Everything else in life you need to put a name and address to it. Social media is too big now.
“I think Ronaldo is a target at Man United.
“People won’t be able to do it if there’s a risk of getting caught. They’re just abusing people because they can, it’s part of society now people think they can do it. You can’t do that in the real world.“