Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling and defender Kyle Walker were racially abused on Instagram following the team’s 1-0 defeat by Chelsea in Saturday’s Champions League final, Sky Sports reported.

The report said the two players were sent monkey emojis on their Instagram pages after the game.

Sterling was also targeted following City’s semifinal win over Paris St Germain, shortly after English football’s social media boycott campaign came to an end earlier this month.

Several players at Premier League clubs have been targeted in the past few months, including United’s Anthony Martial, Liverpool’s Trent-Alexander Arnold and Sadio Mane and Chelsea’s Reece James.

“The racist abuse sent to these players last night is abhorrent and we don’t want it on Instagram,” a representative of Facebook, which owns Instagram, said in a statement on Sunday.

“We swiftly removed a number of comments and…

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