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Chelsea defender Reece James has deleted his Instagram account after receiving a torrent of racist abuse.
James, 21, shared images of the racist abuse he had received in January, and posted: "Something needs to change!!!!!!!"
Just over a month on, however, he appears to have deleted his account.
The young right-back also tweeted: "No room for RACISM!!" as the Premier League called on social media platforms to do more to tackle online hate.
On Thursday, however, fans noted that his account is now deactivated, suggesting he has opted to walk away from the platform in wake of the racial abuse.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich personally wrote to all Blues players earlier this year after the abuse suffered by James.
The Russian billionaire declared he felt racism had no place at the club, and vowed to use his and the club's resources to eradicate racist abuse.
He wrote: "I am appalled by the racist abuse targeted at Reece on social media.
"Racism has no place in our club nor in our society. Our club is committed to fighting racism, antisemitism and all forms of discrimination.
"It shocks me that only days after we commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day, we as a society do not seem to have learned the lessons of our shared past and the consequences that hate and discrimination can have.
"We cannot allow this to continue unchecked. I have therefore directed the board to further increase the club's efforts in this area and I will personally direct more funds towards this important work."
Chelsea fans flooded social media to support James after news first emerged he had deleted his Instagram.
One wrote: "Reece James has deleted his Instagram. Racism is never justifiable. Reece has done so much for communities outside of football & been nothing but a role model on and off the pitch. No one deserves to be subject to racist abuse, let alone Reece. We're with you @ReeceJames_24"
Another posted: "We stand with you Reece James #NoRoomForRacism."
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