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Ronaldo and Maguire most abused players on Twitter

Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire have received the most Twitter abuse of any Premier League players, a new report has found.

Ofcom analysis of 2.3 million tweets in the first half of last season found nearly 60,000 abusive posts, affecting seven in 10 top-flight players.

Half of that abuse was directed at just 12 individuals – eight from United.

However, the study by the Alan Turing Institute also found the vast majority of fans use social media responsibly.

“These findings shed light on a dark side to the beautiful game,” said Kevin Bakhurst, Ofcom’s group director for broadcasting and online content.

“Online abuse has no place in sport, nor in wider society, and tackling it requires a team effort.”

The UK is set to introduce new laws aimed at making online users safer, while preserving freedom of expression, with rules for sites and apps such as social media, search engines and messaging platforms.

European football’s governing body, Uefa, last month pledged to work with social media platforms to tackle online abuse as part of a Respect campaign during the European Women’s Championship.

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