Both players were subjected to disgusting messages on social media in the last few days and both Middlesbrough, where Bolasie is on loan from the Blues, and Danjuma's current club, Bournemouth have publicly condemned the behaviour.
Everton offered support to Bolasie by saying:
"Everton has a zero-tolerance approach to any kind of racism or discrimination. There is no room for racism in football or society.
"By working together, we can fight discrimination wherever it exists. Everybody has a part to play and social media abuse should never go unreported.
"We also urge social media platforms to strengthen measures to prevent this kind of behaviour. Through challenging it and reporting it, we can all play a part in changing it."
Toffees striker, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, was asked about the current climate of racial discrimination on social media in an interview with Sky Sports and he admitted that he has received abuse but he said it motivates him to be even more proud of his background.
"It's happening all too often at the minute but maybe now players are more willing to speak out against the people who are sending these messages.
"I don't know what we can do to counteract it because people are anonymous when they're on social media so they feel free to write whatever they like with no consequence.
"It's happened to me over my life ... but how it makes you feel is hard to explain because you're being abused for the colour of your skin and you are who you are.
"It's more saddening for me than anything... that someone can feel that way and say [those things], especially now when everyone is aware that it's wrong.
"It makes me more motivated to be proud of who I am and the colour of skin that I have and my background and my roots. It makes me proud when I see people going up against it, exposing people, standing tall and rising above it.
"In football, you get all kinds of criticism ... so you develop a thick skin and almost a kind of immunity to be able to deal with criticism. Criticism does motivate me but I don't need to be racially abused to be motivated."
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1 Posted 11/03/2021 at 23:24:36
Even though his departure from the club has been all but official for a long time, I retain a deep affection for Yannick Bolasie, who always wore our shirt with passion, respect, sportsmanship and a smile. Best wishes to him. And damnation to the coward who hid behind the Internet's anonymity to abuse him.
2 Posted 11/03/2021 at 23:50:00
3 Posted 12/03/2021 at 03:16:51
In a strange way, this is the worst of times (the volume of abuse and the anonymity it offers the perpetrators), but also the best of times – because the victims know they are not alone and society almost unanimously condemns such behaviour. Being an optimist myself, I see racism dying down with this generation – too long, I know, but hopefully sooner.
4 Posted 12/03/2021 at 03:34:03
Yes, perversely this is encouraging because it's being highlighted. When I was a kid, the likes of Viv Anderson and John Barnes had to take this kind of shit “on the chin”.
The “good” thing is that these kind of ignorant scum bags no longer feel comfortable doing this kind of thing face to face and instead hide in the anonymity of social media. So that's positive in as far as it's no longer tolerated that your real name and face can be attached to it.
The negative is that I think anonymity emboldens some people. There will be racist pricks who never had the balls to heckle their vile at a game who go much further when hidden by the platforms of Messrs Zuckerberg and Co.
In reality, clearly it's absurd for anyone who had the vaguest understanding of the game to abuse someone based on race. You're telling me this Borough fans would be upset if Mbappe or Neymar joined their club? Of course not. On a societal level I'd like the social media billionaires to put their greed aside and make it easier to name and shame the estate agent, plumber, private school kid, whoever descends to this base level of dispicable vitriol.
5 Posted 12/03/2021 at 07:24:38
"So, unless we're dealing with genuine mental illness here"
Anyone who judges a man's character, and what is in his heart, by the colour of his skin is most definitely suffering from some sort of mental illness.
6 Posted 12/03/2021 at 08:29:13
I dont know if they are mentally ill but I think its totally irrational to deliver such bile solely because of the colour of ones skin.
Imagine that sort of abuse solely because of the colour of ones eyes!! Actually, Thomas, “mentally ill” doesnt seem so much of an exaggeration after all.
Racism is disgusting.
7 Posted 12/03/2021 at 09:50:13
8 Posted 12/03/2021 at 15:06:16
9 Posted 12/03/2021 at 15:34:30
10 Posted 12/03/2021 at 22:27:44
11 Posted 12/03/2021 at 22:40:36
12 Posted 12/03/2021 at 23:13:02
13 Posted 13/03/2021 at 01:05:17
Maybe they will hide behind 'freedom of opinion'. However, if this is the case, maybe they should just keep it to themselves and just 'Shut the fuck up'!
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